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Post by Slim Cognito » Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:40 am


Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says


"The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn't talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, "We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated."
We've been told Russia has successfully hacked into several states' voter rolls. BUT, they're quick to assure us nothing was changed. Can they absolutely, positively say that? Could Russian hackers infiltrate a state's voter rolls without leaving a footprint? If Fogbow's techies assure me they can't, I'll feel a lot better.


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Post by AndyinPA » Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:48 am

Paper ballots!!!



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Post by RVInit » Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:30 pm

Slim Cognito wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:40 am

Russians penetrated U.S. voter systems, top U.S. official says


"The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn't talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, "We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated."
We've been told Russia has successfully hacked into several states' voter rolls. BUT, they're quick to assure us nothing was changed. Can they absolutely, positively say that? Could Russian hackers infiltrate a state's voter rolls without leaving a footprint? If Fogbow's techies assure me they can't, I'll feel a lot better.
If they can get it, it's certainly possible that they can change information, remove voters, inactivate voters, etc. This is not good. We should be demanding assurances that voter data cannot be hacked.

I suggest everyone to periodically check your voter registration status and not wait until it's too late to "fix it" in case your record is deactivated or even removed completely. And remind all your friends to check their status as well. Smaller agencies typically do not have high level programming and networking staff, if any. Sometimes they have someone on staff who knows how to create a web page using some form they fill out on line and that person becomes the resident computer "expert". I've seen this. A lot.


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Post by RTH10260 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:59 pm

Slim Cognito wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:40 am
:snippity:
We've been told Russia has successfully hacked into several states' voter rolls. BUT, they're quick to assure us nothing was changed. Can they absolutely, positively say that? Could Russian hackers infiltrate a state's voter rolls without leaving a footprint? If Fogbow's techies assure me they can't, I'll feel a lot better.
Some speculations by an outsider: I don't think that any data got changed, else the FBI would have really let the aarm bells go off. We would have heard about forensic investigations with the intent to recover the original data. One would hope that the various states have a good data retention policy and backups. Then there would be an effort to compare the current databases to an assumed good version not too far back. Depending how the IT is setup, there may also be a transaction log that would allow good stuff to be recovered / replayed. I believe the FBI did see just how long (short) the hackers were within the system and may know that little if any has been extracted. Depending on the intentions of the hackers, they may have just been looking at data structures and fetching a few samples for a later attack. Depending on the marching orders it's possible that they were only permitted to reveal an intrusion to sow distrust on the elections, not wreak real havoc.



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Post by Dan1100 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:05 pm

AndyinPA wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:48 am
Paper ballots!!!
That doesn't help when you go to vote and they tell you that you aren't on the list.


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Post by RoadScholar » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:21 pm

No, but that's like saying seat belts won't help if a meteorite squashes your car.

Paper ballots are still a really good idea; they can't be hacked from a basement in Moskow.


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:19 am



NBC News

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CIA Director Pompeo: “Yes, we have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle here."
10:13 AM - Feb 13, 2018


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Post by Volkonski » Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:44 pm


Ken Dilanian

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Sen. Jack Reed just got FBI Director Wray and other intel chiefs to admit that the president has never asked them to focus on or disrupt Russian election meddling.
10:55 AM - Feb 13, 2018
Since the Russians are helping Republicans why would he? ;)


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Post by Foggy » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:37 pm

We are under attack by a foreign country, and he's giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

There's a name for that kind of behavior ... :think:


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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:54 pm

If only Congress would give the President* some tools to deal with this and punish the Russians for their prior and current interference.



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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:14 pm

Volkonski wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:19 am
https:// twitter.com/NBCNews/status/963445999183253504

NBC News @NBCNews

CIA Director Pompeo: “Yes, we have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle here."
10:13 AM - Feb 13, 2018
:blackeye: :yeah: even visited the CIA in Washington DC aka Virginia HQ, not ?



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Post by Addie » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:56 am

BuzzFeed News
Democrats Know Hackers Will Be Back In 2018. The Problem? Forcing Campaigns To Care.

To Shauna Daly, a veteran Democratic operative, the idea seemed like an obvious answer to an urgent problem in the months after the 2016 election: a new nonprofit that could help campaigns guard against hacks and share critical threat intelligence.

At the time, US officials were detailing the extent to which Russians had launched a series of massive cyberattacks across the party. Operatives who’d lived through the hacks looked back on 2016 as a traumatic event: Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, saw a decade’s worth of personal emails exposed. At the Democratic National Committee, staffers became scared and paranoid. The office was swept for bugs. Next door, at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the arm of the party tasked with electing House candidates — officials spent the final three months of the election in a state of blind panic, with nothing to do but wait as Russian hackers operating as “Guccifer 2.0” leaked a new cache of stolen documents every few days.

So last year, when Daly and her cofounder launched the Progressive Security Corps, they believed donors and campaigns would see cybersecurity as a top priority.

“It just turned out that that wasn't really the case,” she said in an interview.


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Post by Suranis » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:03 pm

That's frightening. Is "it wont happen to me" an American obsession?


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Post by Addie » Sat Jul 21, 2018 10:51 am

Rolling Stone - Ari Berman: How the GOP Rigs Elections

With a combination of gerrymandering, voter-ID laws and dark money, Republicans have tipped the political scales in their favor. Will it be enough to keep Democrats from claiming victory in 2018?


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Post by Lani » Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:46 am

Microsoft ties fake websites to Russian hackers ahead of midterm election

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow ... story.html
A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of five websites — including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate — with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said Monday night that it discovered and disabled the fake sites.

The effort by the notorious APT28 hacking group, which has been publicly linked to a Russian intelligence agency and actively interfered in the 2016 presidential election, underscores the aggressive role Russian operatives are playing ahead of the midterm congressional elections in the United States.

U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that the November vote is a major focus for interference efforts. Microsoft said the sites were created over the past several months but did not go into more specifics.

Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit took the lead role in finding and disabling the sites, and the company is launching an effort to provide expanded cybersecurity protection for campaigns and election agencies that use Microsoft products.


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Post by Kendra » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:44 pm

This is the closest fit I can find on all the election threads.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... nal&wpmk=1
The Justice Department on Friday charged a Russian woman for her role in a conspiracy to interfere with the 2018 U.S. election, marking the first criminal case prosecutors have brought against a foreign national for interfering in the upcoming Midterms.

Elena Khusyaynova, 44, was charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States. Prosecutors said she managed the finances of “Project Lakhta,” a foreign influence operation they said was designed “to sow discord in the U.S. political system” by pushing arguments and misinformation online about a whole host of divisive political issues, including immigration, the Confederate flag, gun control, and the NFL national anthem protests.

The charges against Khusyaynova came just as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warned that it was concerned about “ongoing campaigns” by Russia, China and Iran to interfere with the upcoming Midterm elections and even the 2020 race — an ominous warning that comes just weeks before voters head to the polls.


In a statement, the Director of National Intelligence said officials “do not have any evidence of a compromise or disruption of infrastructure that would enable adversaries to prevent voting, change vote counts or disrupt our ability to tally votes in the midterm elections.” But the statement noted, “We are concerned about ongoing campaigns by Russia, China and other foreign actors, including Iran, to undermine confidence in democratic institutions and influence public sentiment and government policies. These activities also may seek to influence voter perceptions and decision making in the 2018 and 2020 U.S. elections.”



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Post by Dan1100 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:47 pm

Kendra wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:44 pm
This is the closest fit I can find on all the election threads.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... nal&wpmk=1
The Justice Department on Friday :snippity:
Here is the complaint (too large to attach).

https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-relea ... ovdelivery

skip to page 15 for crazy specifics

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