By now we should be used to the hacks in our system from foreign countries. This is a cause of great concern to the United States citizens, we could easily be taken over if they have important secrets, better yet, if they influence our election. Hillary might be just who they want in office, after all, she is easily persuaded by her greed for money.
There has been yet another hacking incident. State election databases in two states have been hacked according to the FBI.
The uncertainty is killing us, we aren’t a step ahead in this little game the hackers are playing. How long will we be around if we don’t get to the bottom of this? A victim reacts, the person in charge is the one making the demands/carrying out the actions. Do we really want to be the powerless victim?
The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials.
The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections.
The bulletin does not identify the states in question, but sources familiar with the document say it refers to the targeting by suspected foreign hackers of voter registration databases in Arizona and Illinois.
In the Illinois case, officials were forced to shut down the state’s voter registration system for ten days in late July, after the hackers managed to download personal data on up to 200,000 state voters, Ken Menzel, the general counsel of the Illinois Board of Elections, said in an interview. The Arizona attack was more limited, involving malicious software that was introduced into its voter registration system but no successful exfiltration of data, a state official said.
Barger noted that that one of the IP addresses listed in the FBI alert has surfaced before in Russian criminal underground hacker forums. He also said the method of attack on one of the state election systems — including the types of tools used by the hackers to scan for vulnerabilities and exploit them — appear to resemble methods used in other suspected Russian state-sponsored cyberattacks, including one just this month on the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The FBI did not respond to detailed questions about the alert, saying in a statement only that such bulletins are provided “to help systems administrators guard against the actions of persistent cyber criminals.” Menzel, the Illinois election official, said that in a recent briefing, FBI agents confirmed to him that the perpetrators were believed to be foreign hackers, although they were not identified by country.
He said he was told that the bureau was looking at a “possible link” to the recent highly publicized attack on the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations, which U.S. officials suspect was perpetrated by Russian government hackers.
What sort of data these hackers obtained is still not yet clear.
This is absolutely terrifying, what do they want our information for?
The integrity of elections, whatever the outcome may be, is a privilege that the U.S citizens take, or should take, very seriously. This is what sets us apart from other countries if we are being tampered with we can kiss our once free nation goodbye. Our choice of legislators can’t be compromised by foreign attackers who are hell bent on undermining free and fair American elections.
Just about 40 states use electronic voting machines, this allows voters to fill out their choices on paper. Then the results are tallied up on computers. These types of votes are somewhat safe because they have a paper copy to back up the computers final result.
However, six states and parts of four others, rely solely on paperless voting. Use the trees in this case, even if you’re a hippie, if you want your vote to count for something. Paperless voting supplies no backup in the event of fraud.
Think about it, hackers are very intelligent individuals, if they can easily sweep passed voter databases, what’s stopping them from accessing the voting machines themselves. Not to mention, what good does a paper backup do if the voter’s selection is changed by a virus in the machine?
It’s possible that a voter could select one candidate’s name, and a virus from hackers could cause that ballot to be cast for the opposite candidate.
Early this month an interview was released about this very issue…
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