Saturday, December 17, 2016

Agency that certifies voting machines admits they were hacked. That is the "agency that certifies voting machines."

Courtesy of Buzzfeed: 

The government organization that oversees the integrity of voting machines and election administration databases was hacked, according to a report released Thursday. 

Recorded Future, a Boston-based cybersecurity company, identified a hacker by the pseudonym Rasputin who stole login information from the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and offered it for sale.

According to the report, Rasputin was in ongoing negotiations to sell 100 login credentials, some with the most powerful administrative privileges over the EAC’s databases, to a Middle Eastern government broker for several thousand dollars. Recorded Future does not believe Rasputin was sponsored by a foreign government.  (Yeah being named after a famous Russian mystic is NO indication that the Russian government is involved or anything.)

Whether the hack could delegitimize the results of the election is difficult to say. Levi Gundert, a researcher with Recorded Future, told BuzzFeed News, “We don’t know when the initial compromise occurred or how long the hacker had access, but it wouldn’t appear that those credentials would have the ability to materially impact the election.”

That last part is not exactly comforting since it is followed by this statement:

The EAC’s database also includes the specifications of electronic voting like where and which companies manufacture them or where they are in the process of security certification, Gundert said. US adversaries could use as advance knowledge to interfere with US elections. 

Because of other vulnerabilities in the EAC’s system, it is possible that the full extent of the hack is not fully known, according to the report.

So is there proof that this hack might have undermined our election?

Oh, we don't know.

Did the hack give them access to information that MIGHT have undermined our election?

Oh hell yeah!

Yeah, that puts my mind right at ease. 


  1. Anonymous4:14 AM

    Good things have a way of working out. Stay positive, embrace hope, and have faith in America. The Electoral Vote is America's safety net. They will do the right thing.

    1. Anonymous7:29 AM

      They will NOT do the right thing: they are terrified of Trump: his supporters are threatening their lives! and Trump has already threatened their political careers.
      Nice to be optimistic, tho, I applaud you. But if you are not scared, you are not paying attention.

    2. Anonymous8:54 AM

      Trump has already threatened their political careers.
      And their political careers are more important than doing the moral, ethical and patriotic duty and not elect a traitor?

    3. Anonymous10:29 AM

      Not all of them are political. But they sure do have a right to be fearful.

    4. No, they won't.

      You can hope for the best but you better prepare for the worst.

      They are going to rape and pillage our country.

      In four years there won't be much to "save" even if the Democrats take back the House, Senate and Oval Office.

  2. Anonymous4:15 AM


  3. Anonymous4:50 AM

    Well, it was a coup d'etat then, made possible by the connivance of the Republican Party and the foreign state of Russia. Does that mean that Trump has made the Untied States of America a puppet state of Russia? Does that make all of those campaign officials and GOP operatives who aided and abetted the coup traitors? It certainly seems so to me.

    1. Anonymous7:30 AM

      Where is the allegation and charge of treason -- gone with the wind from Trump's backside.

    2. Anonymous7:55 AM

      "Yuri Bezmenov, a KGB officer, and he wrote,’This is who the KGB targeted and recruited, egocentric people who lack moral principles and who are too greedy or who suffer from exaggerated self-importance. These are the people the KGB wants and finds easiest to recruit.'”

      “I’m not sure he [Trump] has heard of Voice of America, that’s not a joke,” NO SHIT!!!!!!

    3. Anonymous9:04 AM

      They keep yakking about what they intend to do to russia.

      I want to know what they intend to do to traitor trump!!!!! Sounds like nothing, so they are rewarding treason.

    4. AND THE FBI!

      Never forget what Comey did to screw us all.

  4. Anonymous4:50 AM

    I live in Oregon and we vote by mail. We never have to suffer long lines or voting machines that don't work. We have been doing this for years and I have never heard of a report of voter fraud here.

  5. Anonymous5:16 AM

    Simple solution: Paper ballots counted by digital scanners with nothing connected to Internet, WiFi, or phone lines.

    Everyone gets a paper ballot. Mark the ballot while standing/sitting in a privacy booth. Deposit the ballot into a digital scanner that reads the marks and records the result on a thumb drive locked into the scanner. Results reported on a paper tape at the end of the day. Any questions about the election, pull out the marked paper ballots and count by hand.

    1. Yeah - we do that in Michigan and we still managed to screw it up.

    2. Why isn't anyone consulting Nevada.

      They have legal gambling in Nevada and know more about cheating than anyone. I trust the votes in Nevada.

      Aside from that, every machine that can't produce a "paper trail" should be scraped. In fact, they should do away with them altogether. Paper ballots and optical scanners are a lot more reliable. They can be recounted. Unlike the paperless machines in Michigan and their fucked up system. Any state that can't do an accurate recount should be nullified and their votes deleted from the total.

  6. Let's see.

    Voting irregularities in Michigan, Florida, and maybe Pennsylvania.
    Flag pins.
    Registry of all Muslims in U.S.
    Suppression of press,as in White House access.
    "Victory tours" = rallies.
    Divide through fear.
    Women = objects
    Syphilitic one-armed raging SOB = orange tiny-fingered compulsive vulgarian
    Ruthless killers = ruthless oligarchs.
    Controlled media message = monopolized weak media with false information

    This is sneaking up on us.
    We have to rise up before we lose our assumed freedoms.
    Watch "High Castle" and see how life would be if Japan and Germany had won the war. They control most of the world. Experience how life is lived under an oligarchy with the military and 1% living off the backs of the people.

    1. Anonymous10:27 AM

      This is sneaking up on us.

      Yes. We can not let this be the new normal. We can not.

    2. They don't even have to sneak any more.

      They can blatantly stride in broad daylight.

  7. Anonymous7:05 AM

    drumpf "You were NASTY and MEAN and vicious and you wanted to win, right?" he said. "But now, now it's much different. Now, you're laid back, you're cool, you're mellow, right? You're basking in the glory of victory."

    "I will let Obama fade away and if he disappears, then I will begin to reassess,", adding that he and Trump acknowledged each other's similarly brash manners.
    "We talk in the same language," Duterte said. He recalled that when he told Trump in a recent phone call that "I like your mouth, it's like mine," he said Trump responded by saying, "Yes, Mr. President, we're similar."
    "And you know, people with the same feather flock together,"
    " we’d come so far having a black president for eight years, right? WRONG! America is way more sexist than it is racist. Read that part again. It’s TRUE.
    Black men got the right to vote in America 50 years before white women. Not all races are racist against others, but everyone of them are $exi$t. Think about it. Almost every religion has written into their code a sexism. "

    Everything is about $eXxx, BULLYing and MonEy.

    1. Anonymous7:50 AM

      drumpf 1 year ago..>
      "One of the reasons is I have big crowds and they’re very exciting stops. And when you speak and you really are going at it, you tend to … I never thought about it, but speaking is almost a form of exercise. It’s very exhilarating."

    2. Anonymous8:12 AM

      "history of women in ministry. She challenged the authority of the ministers, exposing the subordination of women in the culture of colonial Massachusetts. She is honoured by Massachusetts"She has been called the most famous, or infamous, English woman in colonial American history." 1591 to 1643

  8. Anonymous8:17 AM

    The election was stolen! There is no doubt about it. Does it really matter who was behind the theft?

    If it is left as it is, We The People are SCREWED.

  9. Chenagrrl8:46 AM

    I want to go back to the mechanical booths. The tally can be quickly double-checked.

  10. The electoral college votes on Monday.

    The report may have been released on Thursday but it was reported on Friday. This was in the Friday dump.

    None of the REPUBLICAN electors are going to care. They are going to vote for Putin's Puppet anyway.

    As more information is revealed it is becoming more and more clear that this election was stolen through hacking and propaganda. The Russians are masters at that. They no longer have to physically change votes (if they don't have to although the certainly are capable.) They have refined the means of persuasion on the masses of low information voters who lack critical thinking skills and are easily swayed. And we have an abundant untapped source here in the U.S.

    Putin must be laughing his ass off.

    Fuck the electoral college.

  11. After this all of the voting machines should be scrapped. They have no paper trails and have proven to be unreliable and lack the security we obviously need.

    But that doesn't go far enough.

    We also need to crack down on fake news. It will be tricky with the first amendment but it will be necessary.

    And we won't be able to do any of this for at least four years, maybe more. And in the mean time we'll have to try to take the country away from Putin and the Fascist Republicans using their playbook. Every election it will be harder and harder. They and their methods will become entrenched. People will eventually accept it as the new normal. The more time passes the more people will forget the way the U.S. used to be. Like so many people apparently forgot Hitler and Germany in the '30s. Had they remembered, perhaps they wouldn't have voted for the Mango Mussolini. Some is the result of our stripped bare public school system. The majority of voters, regardless of party, don't even know what Fascism is. (I've been yelling about the Republicans moving the country to Fascism since Bush and the Patriot Act.)

    I guess we need to look at how other countries moved away from Fascism back towards Democracy and how they did it without a civil war. But if that's what it takes.....


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