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Friday, August 16, 2019

White hat hackers converged on Las Vegas last weekend for the Def Con hacking convention, and, at a "voting village" event, demonstrated just how easy most of the voting machines and elections systems used in U.S. elections are to compromise, CNN reports. Yet Moscow Mitch McConnell remains steadfast in his refusal to even consider elections security legislation.

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In just a few hours, "one hacker was essentially able to turn a voting machine into a jukebox, making it play music and display animations." Another dismantled the brain of a machine using only her hands"no tools"and was able to reset it and make herself the system administrator for it.

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Yet Moscow Mitch McConnell remains steadfast in his refusal to even consider elections security legislation.

Hm. Now, why would that be?

#1 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-16 02:31 AM | Reply

Yup ability to hack voting machines fairly easily has been known for a long time now but a lot of people including Moscow Mitch and his fellow Repubs seem to like them that way

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2019-08-16 03:01 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Anybody who thinks this is a flaw rather than an intentional feature has not been paying attention. It is Republican policy, enabled and supported by Moscow Mitch.

#3 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-08-16 10:06 AM | Reply

" It is Republican policy, enabled and supported by Moscow Mitch.

#3 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR "

Citation needed

#4 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-16 11:02 AM | Reply

Anything can be hacked. Use paper ballots and tally locally. Sure, it may take a day longer to get all the results, but who cares as long as voting integrity is maintained?

#5 | Posted by goatman at 2019-08-16 11:04 AM | Reply

Would like to see the American hackers hack the Russian hackers and block their hacking.

#6 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2019-08-16 08:28 PM | Reply

Anything important, you wouldn't be able to read about it in real time.

www.washingtonpost.com

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-08-16 08:39 PM | Reply

"but who cares as long as voting integrity is maintained?"

People who are trying to rig elections care.

Because of the antiquated way the United States elects Federal representatives, if a State wants to try to make sure their elections have an outcome that is not reflective of the will of the voters, there's not much the Federal government can do to stop it.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 08:43 PM | Reply

And yet Hillary's EMail server was impenetrable!

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-08-16 08:51 PM | Reply

This article is bunk, it even says so right in the article.

"More generally, NASS is critical of Def Con's overall approach. Giving hackers unfettered access to voting machines, which allows hackers at the conference to turn the machines into jukeboxes, for instance, is not based on reality.
"Our main concern with the approach taken by DEFCON is that it utilizes a pseudo environment which in no way replicates state election systems, networks or physical security," NASS said."

This was written to scare Danni and Zed. CNN should be arrested for elder abuse.

#10 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-16 09:03 PM | Reply

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"Our main concern with the approach taken by DEFCON is that it utilizes a pseudo environment which in no way replicates state election systems, networks or physical security," NASS said."

Meanwhile, back at DEFCON:

LAS VEGAS, Nev. " An 11-year-old successfully hacked a replica website for the Florida Secretary of State and changed election results in less than 10 minutes during a hacking convention in Las Vegas, according to event organizers. fox5sandiego.com

So in the real world it might take... 30 minutes.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 09:05 PM | Reply

#11 From your link:

"We are also concerned that creating "mock" election office networks and voter registration databases for participants to defend and/or hack is also unrealistic. It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols."

There's no way this kid hacked through Cisco enterprise firewalls, IDS, and IPS and changed anything. There's also no way for the most experienced hacker to gain access to an air gapped system, even with a hub and spoke on private leased lines.

This article is a scary bedtime story for old women.

#12 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-16 09:19 PM | Reply

"It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols."

^
Statement is false.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 09:27 PM | Reply

Prove it.

#14 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-16 09:27 PM | Reply

"We are also concerned that creating "mock" election office networks and voter registration databases for participants to defend and/or hack is also unrealistic. "

If they were truly concerned, they would invite them to hack the real ones.
But they don't want anyone knowing how insecure these systems are.
And neither do you, for whatever reason.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 09:28 PM | Reply

- And neither do you, for whatever reason.

Oh, that's a nice touch.

Are you claiming that state election officials are incompetent ----- who cobbled together a system at Best Buy?

You think it's like a Halo LAN party in your buddy's basement? lol.

#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-16 09:35 PM | Reply

"Are you claiming that state election officials are incompetent ----- who cobbled together a system at Best Buy?"

Awfully specific choice of words to put into my mouth...

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 09:41 PM | Reply

www.rollcall.com

Using those techniques in June 2016, "the GRU compromised the computer network of the Illinois State Board of Elections by exploiting a vulnerability in the SBOE's website," the report said. "The GRU then gained access to a database containing information on millions of registered Illinois voters, and extracted data related to thousands of U.S. voters before the malicious activity was identified."

In another operation, GRU officers sent spearphishing emails to election officials and executives of companies that make voting machines, the report said.

In August 2016, GRU targeted employees of a company that develops software to manage voter rolls and installed malware on the company's network, the report said without naming the company.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 09:52 PM | Reply

Last year, then Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., both warned Florida election systems were susceptible to Russian cyberattacks. Nelson, who lost the election to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, said Russians had gained access to Florida voter data but didn't offer any details.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 09:52 PM | Reply

As you already know, nothing connected to the internet will ever be safe; hence two-factor token, temp pins, etc.

Election systems need to be private. Security experts already know this.

#20 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-16 10:06 PM | Reply

"Election systems need to be private. Security experts already know this."

Security experts... are the ones saying election systems are vulnerable.
SheepleSchism? He's the one denying what the security experts are saying.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 10:09 PM | Reply

- Security experts... are the ones saying election systems are vulnerable.

Are they also saying that managed network security on air-gapped private leased lines are vulnerable?

Because these networks exist, and the ONLY threat is the insider threat. Even a USB stick can set off alarms.

#22 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-08-16 10:23 PM | Reply

Were the servers heavy, when you carried all 50 state election systems across the air gap?

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-08-16 10:37 PM | Reply

In 2016, the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked troll group that has since been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, targeted Hillary Clinton voters with false information telling them they could vote by text message or online.

And we're all still paying the price that ignorant people were ignorant of how, when and where to vote. You states should get it together and better educate your electorate.

#24 | Posted by Avigdore at 2019-08-17 12:09 PM | Reply

Yet Moscow Mitch McConnell remains steadfast in his refusal to even consider elections security legislation.

Hm. Now, why would that be?

#1 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY AT 2019-08-16 02:31 AM | FLAG: Back at the dems/libs/progs for their stance against Voter ID for election security..

#25 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-08-17 12:42 PM | Reply

"we're all still paying the price that ignorant people were ignorant of how, when and where to vote.

Macro teaches us you can fabricate almost any lie, and SOME people will believe it. That said, had Republicans been targeted, and HRC the one who stood to gain, you'd be excoriating the liars, and not those purposely lied to for political gain.

#26 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-08-17 01:16 PM | Reply

"...the dems/libs/progs for their stance against Voter ID for election security"

Can you link to cases where fraudulent activity would've been stopped with voter ID?

Because every case I've found would've been unaffected.

#27 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-08-17 01:22 PM | Reply

#1 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY AT 2019-08-16 02:31 AM | FLAG: Back at the dems/libs/progs for their stance against Voter ID for election security..

Posted by MSgt

Except for the fact voter impersonation was never a problem. A false claim. Just 31 of instances out of a billion votes. The number of people actually prosecuted and convicted is less than that. Your chances of being hit by lightning are higher.


Russian meddling/hacking, however, has been proven and should be an issue every American should be concerned about. If you're an American patriot, that is.

#28 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-08-17 03:03 PM | Reply

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