FBI detects breaches against two state voter systems
Friends and I were discussing this story tonight.
The Feds say that voter systems were breached. We need to harden our infrastructure there.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona's voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday that investigators were also seeking evidence of whether other states may have been targeted...
...U.S. intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the presidential election.
Officials and cyber security experts say recent breaches at the Democratic National Committee and elsewhere in the Democratic Party were likely carried out by people within the Russian government. Kremlin officials have denied that.
Stories like this have been popping up a lot the last 2 weeks. Almost concurrent with the rise in Hillary Health Scare stories. Little headlines to the side. Maybe a bit bigger on the main page but not YET the full blown lead story. Distract. Watch this hand not that.
Planting the seeds of doubt now in the voters mind. Let that mash ferment for a bit.
So if the election goes wrong for them they can say SEE! We told you it could be hacked and it was! It appears they got in and changed the results. We need to declare these results void and start over! or some such nonsense.
To which there may be a reaction similar to Chadgate of the pre-9/11 era. Which really wasn't as much of a reaction from Mr & Mrs America beyond Can We Just Get On With This? as it was from there hardcore supporters and the media who kept that electoral crisis on life support for so many weeks and spawned a whole new industry of Chad Experts and analysts (my GAWD did we really allow ourselves to waste so much of our life span on something so STOOPID? Hurry Martha! And don't forget the popcorn! It's going to be a Cage Match between the Dangling and Dimpled Camps!).
Unless they do declare the results void and start over. In which case there won't be enough popcorn anywhere for that show.
But, as one friend pointed out to me, thus far during any of these hacks we haven't seen anything within the systems been changed or altered. Just information stolen and dumped.
So what if a certain candidate is declared the winner. But the hackers have gotten in and obtained the true results showing her opponent is the true victor (oh c'mon I could be talking about Jill Stein and Gary Johnson here).
Then you best break out the chips and salsa, too. They nearly found poor Little Debbie swinging from a tree over the whole Bernie/Hillary fiasco. This would be far worse.
But you know, in my more manic less lucid moments when the paranoia sets in because the drones and black helicopters are drowning out even MY tinnitus I can imagine a scenario where, say, two or three weeks before the election, a certain candidate is in real trouble. Who knows. Maybe Julian makes good on his threat. Whatever.
Suddenly the press release reads "Voter systems across the 50 states breached. Cannot be counted on for credible results. ELECTIONS SUSPENDED until this can be sorted out."
Imagine what happens then.