Hotel Minibar Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines

Chris Tengi, a technical staff member, asked to look at the key that came with the voting machine. He noticed an alphanumeric code printed on the key, and remarked that he had a key at home with the same code on it. The next day he brought in his key and sure enough it opened the voting machine.
This seemed like a freakish coincidence â.. until we learned how common these keys are.
Chrisâ..s key was left over from a previous job, maybe fifteen years ago. He said the key had opened either a file cabinet or the access panel on an old VAX computer. A little research revealed that the exact same key is used widely in office furniture, electronic equipment, jukeboxes, and hotel minibars. Itâ..s a standard part, and like most standard parts itâ..s easily purchased on the Internet. We bought several keys from an office furniture key shop â.. they open the voting machine too. We ordered another key on eBay from a jukebox supply shop. The keys can be purchased from many online merchants.
Hotel Minibar Keys Open Diebold Voting Machines | CorrenteWire