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Monday, May 14, 2018

Investigators found evidence of a "malicious intrusion" into a Tennessee county's elections website from a computer in Ukraine during a concerted cyberattack, which likely caused the site to crash just as it was reporting vote totals in this month's primary. Cyber-security experts hired by Knox County to analyze the so-called "denial of service" cyberattack, said Friday that "a suspiciously large number of foreign countries" accessed the site as votes were being reported on May 1. That intense activity was among the likely causes of the crash, according to the report by Sword & Shield Enterprise Security.

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I have no idea what this means technologically, but it doesn't appear to be benign. I'm awaiting our IT experts to chime in with their learned analyses.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-05-13 10:07 AM | Reply

Any IP address could be spoofed or it could be that this Ukrainian workstation was a zombie in a botnet.

Richard Moran, the county's information and technology senior director, has said that while heavy traffic came from overseas servers, it doesn't mean that the attacker was in a foreign country.

Exactly. Some person in the TN county, mad about the election, could've rented a DDOS attack onto the target.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-05-13 10:29 AM | Reply

The bottom line is that our voting systems are susceptible to attack, and we've done very little about it.

Plus, --------- this because it can't be precisely traced back to someone bent on harming America, like, oh I don't know ... but let's pretend it's someone with an extensive intelligence background on the geopolitical world stage ... like ... Vladimir Putin ~

And it's a mistake to get bogged down in all the IT technical minutiae in explaining these things. Why? Because we need to remember the bottom line.

#3 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-05-13 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The bottom line is that our voting systems are susceptible to attack, and we've done very little about it.

Worse.

www.politico.com

"President Donald Trump's national security team is weighing the elimination of the top White House cybersecurity job, multiple sources told POLITICO -- a move that would come as the nation faces growing digital threats from adversaries such as Russia and Iran.

John Bolton, Trump's hawkish new national security adviser, is leading the push to abolish the role of special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator, currently held by the departing Rob Joyce, according to one current and two former U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the discussions. "

#4 | Posted by 726 at 2018-05-13 02:34 PM | Reply

And it's a mistake to get bogged down in all the IT technical minutiae in explaining these things.

It's important for three reasons:
1) to identify what's at risk
2) to identify the damage
3) to mitigate future damage or attempt to prevent similar acts in the future.

DDOSes are more of a distraction or an inconvenience than an intrusion.

Drudge.com could be DDOSed if a post here went viral on reddit and millions of randoms bombarded the website.

#5 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-05-13 10:41 PM | Reply

Nothing to see here...

Just another one of them Democratic hoaxes.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-14 07:26 PM | Reply

Just another one of them Democratic hoaxes.
#6 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY

"I hear some witches been creepin' 'round these parts lately. Anybody up for a hunt?"

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-05-14 07:31 PM | Reply

Let's just go back to paper ballots.

#8 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-05-14 07:58 PM | Reply

We mail-in here but there's probably some way to mess with that too. This country is in a world of hurt, in more ways than one. Obviously.

#9 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2018-05-14 08:28 PM | Reply

When one of our two major parties welcomes meddling in our elections we are in serious trouble. When Presidential candidate Trump asked Russia to hack into Hillary's emails it told everyone who has an ounce of honesty left everything they needed to know. We have a President who welcomes foreign hacking, meddling, etc. as long as it benefits him, trust me, if it benefited the other side he'd be launching investigations to root out the culprits. This is nothing new, our government has been for sale for a long time, it's just never been so blatantly obvious before and foreign governments weren't welcomed as bidders before. That's a new level of treason we haven't seen since that traitorous scumbag Reagan.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-05-15 07:56 AM | Reply

Exactly. Some person in the TN county, mad about the election, could've rented a DDOS attack onto the target.
¯_(ツ)_/¯

#2 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

The intrusion happened at the time of the DDOS attack. But they were not the same thing. The Intrusion was from the Ukraine computer. The DDOS attack came from many places.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-05-15 01:58 PM | Reply

A DDOS attack can be used as cover for an intrusion, or it can be used in conjunction with other methods to uncover vulnerabilities. Alternatively, it can just be someone(s) wanting to sew chaos.

It certainly appears as though this one was simply being used as cover for the intrusion. However, more frighteningly, it could be a harbinger of things to come. A sign that the bad actors in the world saw the type of chaos created in the aftermath of the last election and want to harness that chaos to create more discontent in the US. They saw how easy it is to fool portions of our population and how our (usually) sub-surface societal conflicts blow up with just a smidgen of extra fuel and a tiny spark.

This IS right out of the KGB/Putin playbook. Erode confidence in government > Erode confidence in elections > Demonize the media > Allow the country to tear itself apart from the inside.

The eternal optimist in me is pretty sure our country as a whole is too resilient for such tactics to work in the long term. But we all still have to be mindful and aware that these things are actively happening.

#12 | Posted by ND_Perspective at 2018-05-15 05:49 PM | Reply

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