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Monday, September 19, 2016

Techies Say Rigging US Election Would Be Easy

A non-hackable paper ballot from an Italian regional election.

Only an Idiot puts 
voting on the Internet

  • I have blogged about this over and over. Why would ANYONE place top secret government data on the Internet for any pimple faced 16 year old to hack? 
  • The answer is simple. Either the government officials are idiots or they want the data to be hacked so they can demand more power over the Internet in order to "protect" us.
  • Now the Government Elites have deliberately connected elections data to the Internet. This allows them "adjust" elections as needed and/or opens that process to foreign terrorists and nations.

(Daily Caller)  -  Hacking November’s presidential voting machines to ensure a win for either Republican nominee Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would be “easy,” cybersecurity experts claimed in a report released Monday.
America’s outdated voting systems are about as secure as a home computer, and are run by election officials and poll workers with little digital technology expertise, creating the perfect environment for hackers to rig the election, according to the report, “Hacking The Elections Is Easy!” from cybersecurity think tank Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT).
“The United States e-voting system is so vulnerable that a small group of one or a few dedicated individuals could target a lynchpin district of a swing state, and sway the entire presidential election,” the ICIT report said.
Only an idiot would connect voting
results data to the Internet.

The vulnerability of the country’s 9,000 voting jurisdictions is “an epidemic in our democracy,” James Scott, ICIT senior fellow and co-author of the paper with ICIT researcher Drew Spaniel, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “They say your vote matters, but looking at this, how do you know?”
The report lends substance to Trump’s repeated claim the election could be rigged, a theory many considered far-fetched.
In a related development Monday, Yahoo News reported that foreign hackers accessed two states’ election databases, prompting the FBI to warn officials across the country to enhance their computer systems’ security. Hackers reportedly downloaded the personal data of up to 200,000 voters in Illinois, and installed malicious software in Arizona’s voter registration system.
Foreign actors — likely Russia or China — or domestic hackers could easily sway the democratic process, the ICIT report said. All a hacker needs is a USB drive or memory card containing malware (pernicious software) with the right algorithm (a sequence of instructions telling the computer what to do), the report said.
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Non-hackable paper ballots are displayed at a polling station
in Garden City, Cairo, Egypt. The symbol for each
party is printed on the ballot.
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