Do we need to go back to paper ballots and hand count our votes? Well the answer to that depends on whether election officials are going to take seriously the hacking of voter machines and voter websites. VOTER FRAUD IS REAL, FOLKS!!!
The question we need to ask ourselves for the 2016 election is: ARE WE GOING TO HAVE A FAIR AND HONEST ELECTION?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Mondaythat at least two state government election board websites were hacked by foreign attackers.
State board websites in Arizona and Illinois are believed to be the websites that were breached, according to Yahoo. The hacks are suspected to be of either Russian or Turkish actors.
Wired reports that hackers could “destabilize American politics.”
“Someone is trying to hack these databases, and they succeeded in exfiltrating data, which is significant in itself,” says Thomas Rid, a cybersecurity-focused professor in the War Studies department at King’s College of London and author of Rise of the Machines. “In the context of all the other attempts to interfere with this election, it’s a big deal.”
In its warning sent to state-level election boards, the FBI described an attack on at least one of those two election websites as using a technique called SQL injection. It’s a common trick, which works by entering code into an entry field on a website that’s only meant to receive data inputs, triggering commands on the site’s backend and sometimes giving the attacker unintended access to the site’s server. In this case, it seems to have allowed the hackers to steal 200,000 voter records from the Illinois board of elections, and to cause the Illinois board to close registration for ten days.
In an op-ed published at Breitbart earlier last week, George Washing University Public Interest Law Professor John Banzhaf warned about the vulnerability of our voting system to hackers — including those who could be in the pay of a foreign government.
Instead of inputting malicious codes or sifting through emails, Princeton professor Andrew Appel decided to purchase a voting machine to see just how easy it would be to hack. Appel spent $82 of his hard earned money to purchase a Sequoia AVC Advantage, which is one of the the most vulnerable electronic voting machines on the market.
With the help of some eager graduate students, Appel got to work picking the machines lock in seven seconds and installed his own firmware to see if he could manipulate a voting machine. In a mere seven minutes, he had the 250 pound machine doing his bidding. He said it was entirely possible for Russia or even a less tech-savvy group to hack an old machine like this:
“Look, we could see 15 years ago that this would be perfectly possible. It’s well within the capabilities of a country as sophisticated as Russia. Actually, it’s well within the capabilities of much less well-funded and sophisticated attackers.”
These fossils are still being used in Louisiana, New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and have fewer security capabilities than a standard iPhone. Appel and his group were trying to show that once a hacker gets the software information, voting machines across the country could theoretically be susceptible to a major hack.