Monday, January 01, 2018

Why 2018 Midterms Are So Vulnerable to Hackers

Russian interference, obsolete voting machines, and tight races -- lots of them -- could be a chaotic combination. Nearly four years after U.S. officials intercepted a classified cable from Russia's military intelligence unit, laying out a playbook for the use of fake online personas to spread disinformation abroad, the U.S. has yet to mount a full-scale response. According to the [Washington] Post, U.S. spy agencies have planned a "half-dozen specific operations to counter the Russian threat," but "one year after those instructions were given, the Trump White House remains divided over whether to act."

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After a year in office, Trump and his aides continue to resist adopting greater protections against Russian interference, because Trump is insulted by the intelligence community's finding that Russia aided in his victory. ("The president is right. The Democrats are using the report to delegitimize the presidency," a White House official told the Post.) If any action is taken, it will likely come from Congress, where several bills seek to impose federal standards for voting machines, and provide funding to states to overhaul outdated equipment and install software patches. It might be too late: By this point in the 2016 election cycle, Russian hackers had already broken into the Democratic National Committee, and had been rooting around in the e-mail system for four months.

Comments

Paper ballots. Using computers to this was a mistake. A nimble society, or one not ruled by a traitor, would have done this already.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-31 02:37 PM

"Why We Lost The Mid-Terms - A Preamble," by Dr. Sarvis.

#2 | Posted by cookfish at 2017-12-31 04:23 PM

Lol. Doc already throwing in the towel and blaming it on Pooty.

#3 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-12-31 11:36 PM

"After a year in office, Trump and his aides continue to resist adopting greater protections against Russian interference,"

Well no shi^, you mean trump doesn't want to stop getting help from putin, what a surprise

#4 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2018-01-01 12:15 AM

Nice to see the usual '----- refusing to acknowledge the weaknesses of machine voting. SHOCK! And they are Trumpvoters© too, who'da thunk it?

#5 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-01 10:02 AM

Rigging the election is the republicans' only chance.

#6 | Posted by squinch at 2018-01-01 10:06 AM

Paper is the best solution.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-01-01 08:24 PM

We are still vulnerable because our President has violated his oath of office and has left us vulnerable.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-02 12:20 PM

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