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ATTENTION: Justice Department confirms 90 pages of swing state machine flaws in FOIA answer. Repeat: 90 pages of Voting Machines Malfunctions in Swing States. PA, FL, NC, WI and MI.

Start sharing this EVERYWHERE, because what we said RIGHT after the election and us wanting to #AuditTheVote is now being justified AND confirmed by the Justice Department.

MACHINE HACKING is what we’re talking about here. And I and all those who analyzed results KNOW that was the case, because the results in multiple precincts in different swing states NEVER made any mathematical sense. If you believe that in different precincts in PA and WI Trump got 100% of GOP, 100% of Independent AND 60% of Democratic vote (that’s what it would take to justify his result), even in heavily black precincts, then I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Russians DO NOT hack voter databases just ‘cause, they hack them to hack an election, LITERALLY, not just with fake news. No, machines DO NOT NEED to be connected to the internet to be hacked. They are hacked easily with the voter database hack, because COMPUTERS that were hacked when the voter database hack happened, program the machines via external hard drive/key that is then connected to/inserted in the machines. Any malware that the hackers made the computer system download when they hacked the voter database, is then DIRECTLY inserted in the machines. This is for the IGNORANT TRUMP TWITS who try the completely imbecilic argument that machines must be connected to the internet to be hacked. No, they must NOT.

THIS IS WHY TRUMP’S LAWYERS BLOCKED RECOUNTS.

But truth has a way: it comes to light. Start sharing this and start DEMANDING precise answers.

Today we discuss the vulnerabilities of our election system, how election security has already been breached, and what could happen next.  

We talk with journalist Kim Zetter. She’s been writing about cybersecurity and the integrity of our voting systems for more than a decade. “If you ask any security expert and election advocates, they cite a voter-verified paper trail as single most important step that states could take to ensure integrity of elections,” Zetter says. 14 states don’t produce a paper trail at all, and of the states that do, there have been cases of inadequate auditing.

Listen to this story:

The Insecurity Of America’s Old And Underfunded Voting Systems

It was clear from the opening moments of the hearing that the entire Republican strategy was, “Move along, nothing to see here.” Nunes asked Comey and Rogers multiple questions about whether the Russians had hacked into the vote tallies during the campaign, a straw man meant to convince people that the hacking that did go on was meaningless. He even asked about whether the FBI would investigate contacts between the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Russians, which would have seemed like a weird non sequitur if you didn’t know that this morning, Trump tweeted, “What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?” 
 
 

A lot of the focus today is going to be on Comey’s acknowledgment that the FBI is indeed investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. One can’t help but notice that during the campaign he thought it absolutely vital to make public announcements that the bureau was looking into some of Clinton’s emails — which led, as he surely knew it would, to blanket media coverage that reinforced the Trump campaign’s message — while he simultaneously kept mum on the investigation into the Trump campaign.

anonymous asked:

A kid nobody likes ran for junior class president at my brothers school and on the voting day my brother, a junior, happened to be home sick with nothing to do so he hacked the voting site and made the kid lose by like 10,000 votes. There's only 500 kids in the class. The adults were very confused and my brother never got caught.

each student voted 20 times

esquire.com
The Hard Truth Keeps Trickling Out, Little by Little
It increasingly looks like Russian hackers may have affected actual vote totals.

The last outpost of moderate opinion on the subject of the Russian ratfcking during the 2016 presidential election seems to be that, yes, there was mischief done and steps should be taken both to reveal its extent and to prevent it from happening again in the future, but that the ratfcking, thank baby Jesus, did not materially affect the vote totals anywhere in the country. This is a calm, measured, evidence-based judgment. It is also a kind of prayer. If the Russian cyber-assault managed to change the vote totals anywhere, then the 2016 presidential election is wholly illegitimate. That rocks too many comfort zones in too many places.(Bear in mind, for the moment, that we are discussing Russian ratfcking, and not the myriad problems with how we ourselves manage our elections. That’s for another time, except in the context of how those inherent problems facilitated the Russian chicanery.)It may well be that the Russians didn’t affect the actual numbers last November but, as Bloomberg points out, that was not for lack of trying.

There’s a lot more …

Russia's soft warfare

Russia has been making the headlines of international media for a while now. But none of that had to do with a strong economy or a powerful army because Russia simply doesn’t have either. Instead, it has learned to interfere through other means in the politics, media, elections and national security of other countries. The United States still cannot get over the Russian interference in last year’s presidential elections, while European countries are terrified at the prospect of something like that happening to them this year. The new methods of Russian influence are well known, but it seems that western countries have turned out to be unprepared for them.

Hackers 

In the coming months a whole bunch of European countries will be having elections: in March, the Netherlands; in April, France; in September, Germany and Norway; and perhaps early elections in Italy. And all of these countries without exception have already complained about attacks by Russian hackers. In France they attacked Emmanuel Macron, the main opponent to far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who insists on the revoking of sanctions on Russia. In Germany, they attacked Angela Merkel, a big critic of the Kremlin. In Italy reportedly, the foreign ministry and armed forces suffered attacks. In Norway, Russian connection was discovered in a phishing attack on a police station and a host of government officials. In the Netherlands, after many attacks by Russian hackers on government servers, it was decided that votes will be counted by hand. And these are not all the incidents by far. International media has focused on the scandal with Russian hackers in the US, but actually there isn’t a western country that has not faced cyberattacks from Russia. The United Kingdom recently complained about the increase in Russian hackers’ activity, while cyberattacks were also reported by Turkey, the Baltic countries, Ukraine, Georgia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Finland, Sweden and many others. In Russia, there are two major Kremlin-sponsored hacker groups: Fancy Bear (APT 28) and Cozy Bear (APT 29). They use similar methods and READ MORE: Donald Trump: Russian hacking had ‘no effect’ on vote both have a big budget, state of the art equipment and a wide network of employees working every day. They know well which politicians, officials and journalists they should attack and who to send the obtained compromising information to. It is known that one of these groups Fancy Bear also attacked Russian opposition activists inside the country and enemies of the Kremlin abroad, including the Democratic Party in the US. This has been confirmed by at least four independent cyber-security organisations which analysed the phishing emails used in the attacks. Given the objects of these attacks, it’s not difficult to guess who stands behind Fancy Bear. Even Al Jazeera’s website suffered an attack by Fancy Bear. Clearly the Kremlin has not limited its cyber-warfare to the West.

Fake news

Cyberattacks are not the only tactic the Kremlin has used trying to boost its political influence abroad. Another fashionable tool these days is fake news. Spreading disinformation was a favourite KGB tool in Soviet times, but now in the Facebook era, old methods are being used on a new level. All around the world there are enough people who are earnestly ready to share news in social networks. According to a BuzzFeed investigation , if one is to judge by the number of shares, the 20 most popular fake news about the elections in the US turned out to be more popular than the 20 most popular real news. OPINION: Mr Trump, meet Bond, James Bond - From Russia with love A separate role is played by the Russian diaspora, a significant part of which watches mainly Russian TV channels. This is quite a big problem for countries where Russian speakers are a significant part of the population - countries of the former Soviet Union. But in recent times, it has also become a problem for Western Europe, where the diaspora. too, has become an active object of Russian state influence. For example, some of the demonstrations of the marginal nationalist movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (Pegida) in Germany were organised by representatives of Russian diaspora organisations, which are funded by the Kremlin; speeches at some of these rallies would be given in Russian. Fake news broadcast by Russia One channel about a Russian girl who was raped by migrants was used as an excuse for one of these rallies. The news of course was widely shared within the Russian diaspora.

Freaks

Pegida is only one example of the tens of marginal political parties and movements which the Kremlin supports in different countries and more often than not these are ultra-right, anti-globalisation, and separatist movements. Every year the Kremlin organises a major get-together for these movements in Moscow and sometimes in other countries. Within the network of Russian influence, there are also members of parliament, even if not that prominent, of some major parties. Some of them will attend big Kremlin-sponsored forums in exchange for a serious honorarium and when needed will make the necessary statements about, for example, the Crimea referendum being transparent and free. At first glance it seems that the support of local freaks is simply a waste of money. But it can be seen as a venture-capital investment. Most of the supported projects will fail, but there is a possibility that some of them might take off. Sometimes marginal politicians such as Marine Le Pen, who received a loan from a Russian bank turn into political heavyweights. Donald Trump was seen for a long time as marginal and an outsider and, if the rumours about his ties to the Kremlin are confirmed, then certainly he would be the most successful of all Russian venture-capital investments.

Trolls

Another player in Russia’s cyberwars are the trolls who try to simulate societal reactions and undertake the vicious persecution of targeted individuals on social networks and in the comment sections of foreign media outlets. А sizeable troll office is located on Savushkina Street in St Petersburg, where employees work a full work day and receive $500. There are also other troll factories, including one in Moscow which specialises in spamming outlets such as Fox News, CNN, BBC, the Huffington Post and others. Usually a troll’s account is easy to recognise: it is either empty of content, or is filled with reposts. Even if trolls don’t succeed in convincing their victims that they are real, they still manage to interfere with attempts to have a normal discussion with an audience. Because of trolling, many media organisations have been forced to drop comment sections from their websites.

Pranksters

One of the latest inventions of Russian propaganda are the Kremlin’s pranksters. A prime time show on Russian One channel had pranksters call high-level politicians - such as former Georgian President Miheil Saakashvili, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Senator John McCain - using a variety of pretexts to try to provoke them into saying something not politically correct. The task - if not to discredit - is at least to poke fun of the politicians who don’t have good relations with the Kremlin. In a time when on Russian state TV one cannot even sneeze without the permission of the censor, it is not difficult to guess the motivation behind having such a show.

Soft power v propaganda

Russia’s new information warfare is more powerful and effective than Soviet propaganda. But no matter how inventive Moscow is in using new technologies for information warfare, it still has the same vulnerability which led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union - propaganda is useless if it is not backed with soft power, or the power of being a model nation. Hackers and trolls might help you discredit the opponent, but they cannot create a positive image of your country, when it is a poor, unfree state with rampant corruption, backward education and a weak healthcare system. Yes, Russia is a serious threat to the West in the sense that it can encourage the growth of the ultra-conservative and populist forces, pushing for disintegration and nationalism - all this might affect negatively economic growth and security. But the problem is that Moscow does not really get anything out of it. OPINION: The inevitable Trumputin divorce The children of US officials don’t go to study in Moscow University; Swiss businessmen are not depositing their money in Russian banks; Germans are not buying Russian cars. Paradoxically, Russia will be the first to suffer from the weakening of the West. In a time of crisis, investors will first withdraw their money from unstable developing markets, including Russia. The world economy survived Trump and Brexit but if Europe is hit by another wave of protectionism and nationalism as happened after World War I, the consequences of that would be so grave that it would put the survival of the Russian state under question. Roman Dobrokhotov is a Moscow-based journalist and civil activist. He is the editor-in-chief of The Insider.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy.
BREAKING: Anonymous says they know via own MOLE in Russia operation that Trump conspired with Russia to take over U.S. government, Russia hacked voting machines and altered votes.

“We are Anonymous and we have been gathering breadcrumbs left by the Kremlin operatives who conducted a cyber Perl Harbor attack on American electoral infrastructure.
On June 6, 2015 Vladimir Putin signed the direct order for Russian SVR to employ every means to manipulate the American. Election. Two weeks later, Donald Trump announced his candidacy for U.S. President. Months earlier, Trump met with Russian intelligence officials to formulate a plan to take over the U.S. government with the help of Russia. We know this because we have a mole inside these operations.

Anonymous also adds “Alas, when children run operations, they spill milk along the way and forget to clean up”. They say the “Kremlin children”sloppily left digital fingerprints, communications, and voice messages for Anonymous to find.”

The chilling video details how Russian officials have infiltrated two voting machine companies, how Russians have reverse engineered data cards used into different voting machines and how Russians have perfected skills to wirelessly hack into U.S. voting machines and change votes.

PLEASE WATCH AND SHARE. PLEASE REALIZE WHAT IS GOING ON. TRUMP AND RUSSIA MUST BE STOPPED AT ALL COSTS.

Yes, this video IS legit. NO, Anonymous is NOT ONE page or ONE source or ONE site, but MANY different people and anyone can be Anonymous and put the truth up. I clarified this STRAIGHT with Anonymous people confirming it on Twitter.


engadget.com
States still don't know if Russians hacked their voting systems
The US federal government hasn't yet notified state election officials whether or not Russians hacked their voting systems.

By Jon Fingas 

endgadget

Aug. 27, 2017

From the article:

With reports of Russians conducting wide-scale hacking campaigns against US election systems in 2016, you’d think that the individual states would know whether or not their voting systems had come under fire.  However, that’s not the case… and in fact, they appear to have been cut out of the loop.  The National Association of State Election directors’ president, Judd Choate, informs Reuters that the federal government hasn’t told state election officials whether or not their voting platforms were targets.  Moreover, Choate says that this information is unlikely to become public even if it is shared.

The Department of Homeland Security isn’t denying that officials have held off on notifying states, but it says this stems out of an abundance of caution.  It wants to protect the “integrity of investigations and the confidentiality of system owners” when it shares this info, according to a statement.  It added that it had told the owners and operators of systems that potentially came under attack, although they’re “not necessarily” election officials.

The lack of communication illustrates the problems with mounting a coordinated defense against election hacks, or any kind of state-backed hacking campaign targeting government infrastructure.  Choate says communication with the federal government has improved, particularly since the outgoing President Obama labeled voting systems as critical infrastructure.  However, it’s clear that there’s still a lot of work left before the feds and the states are operating in harmony when it really counts.

Source: Reuters

The combination of watching Civil War and then Eurovision the next morning has led me to spend most of the day picturing Wanda Maximoff making all the American (and Asgardian and Wakandan) Avengers watch Eurovision with her. Natasha, of course, already knows about it and thinks that’s a great idea. Clint knows about it because Natasha has been making it the centerpiece of his family’s Memorial Day barbeque for years. 

Everybody else starts out staring in awkward confusion, but by the time the votes are getting announced they’re all jumping up and down and yelling indignantly. 

the civil war nearly breaks out again

anonymous asked:

Russian hacks that revealed emails, not tampered with votes.

Hackers directly from the Russian government hacked the RNC and DNC, both major political parties in the US government. They released DNC emails in order to manipulate our electoral process in Trump’s favor, and are currently holding onto RNC emails to use as leverage in the future (or they’re already using whatever they found as leverage right now). 

The CIA found out about this in October. They presented an official report about this to the Republican controlled Senate, and the Republican controlled Senate sat on that information. They didn’t release a statement to the public. They didn’t order further investigation. They smothered it completely.

Which means that at the very least Mitch McConnell (leader of the Senate, who’s wife has now been given a position in Trump’s cabinet) knew that a foreign government was hacking into government agencies in order to influence our election and did absolutely nothing about it so his party could gain political power.

So no. As of now there is no evidence Russia hacked our voting machines. But the concrete evidence we have that the CIA reported the Russian government attempting to influence our electoral process and the Republicans smothering that information is damming. And now Trump has appointed a Sec of State that is bffs with Putin. In fact, many of his cabinet appointments are friendly to Putin.

Trump is already unqualified, already corrupt, already using his office as just President elect to personally benefit him. And now we learn this. 

So…?