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Everyday Erinyes #139

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Furies, Russia, GRU, Fancy Bear, Sednit, NotPetya, LoJax, UEFI rootkit, MFA )

- 195 days ago -
A post on TomCat's blog. Information technology issues for the midterms.


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Lona G (66)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 3:36 am
The Dutch government has just thrown four Russians out of the country because they were caught red-handed when they attempted a hacking attack on the UN chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW) and were also linked to operations in Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia. The Malaysia events were allegedly related to the investigation into the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.

So yes, it is quite believable that the Russians will attempt to hack into the midterm elections, or are already doing that now. And Drumpf wants it to be so, because he’s either denying it is happening or pretending to ignore it is happening.

Gene J (287)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 5:34 am
Minnesota uses paper ballots. They ought be required in EVERY state and national election. You sign in, either are already registered and on the list for your polling place, or you can register then, providing proof of residence in several ways. Your presence is recorded through your signature. You get a ballot, you fill it out and you feed it into a machine that tallies the votes. There is always a paper record for recounts, if necessary, and to prevent electronic manipulation, hacking. I don't understand how anything so precious as our right to vote cannot be protected in every way possible. The beginning is paper ballots. Everywhere. You must have a paper trail, our entire system depends on being able to determine who won and you can't ever guarantee you know that if the only record is electronic and capable of being hacked. Wars have been fought over less. And may be again if Russia doesn't cut it out. Appeasement of the beast is never a long term answer, for it always gets hungry again.

Tania N (883)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 5:49 am
Thanks for sharing

Tania N (883)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 5:50 am
Thanks for sharing

Pat B (356)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 6:20 am
Personally, if I don't recognize a call I block it. I don't click into my computer for unknown links as I've been hacked (a couple years ago), and since I'm not the brightest kernel of corn re: how 'things' work...I took it to a trusted source to get it remedied, but I'm super cautious even now. Call me old fashioned, but I only use paper, and it's worked well for me. (Like writing postcards to a mailing list for early mid-elections.)

dt doesn't care about any of our concerns, obviously, as evidenced by his lack of concern, and his alliance with Russia, which is scary in of itself.

The concern I have is the Fancy Bear proliferation, alongside with the frightening MJ article, and what the IT folks can do to remedy this.

Furies, hope that you can successfully fix this...
Thanks, Joanne for a most insightful post.

Animae C (508)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 7:09 am
Thanx Joanne

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 8:43 am
DT is a piece of useless garbage, at best, on his best day, and does not care that the Russians may be targeting any country! On the other hand, THIS may be WWIII, just beginning. No weapons of mass destruction, in the common sense, thus no radiation to hurt the Kremlin! And at whom would one shoot, anyway? At your computer? We don’t need a space army, so Dumpy can fund the munitions industry still further, we need an IT army! Maybe we already have one, I don’t know. Perhaps I should not know. I don’t know.
Gene, the answer may be that some folk do not want to protect our right to vote, want to have an easy way to screw with our votes. Recall that some, perhaps a large percent, of electronic voting machines are made by Romney's company. Recall that the GOP likes to screw with voting rights like you may like to have breakfast.

Jim Phillips (3247)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 10:32 am
Hacking has gotten to be a very serious problem, not just in USA but, around the world in many countries. Yes, the Russians are behind a majority of them.

Drumpf is blaming the Chinese rather than the Russians. Drumpf is appeasing Putin to help erase his debt by helping to tear down USA's democracy. Bought Bitch Mitch McConnell is enabling Drumpf in every way he can. Yes, paper trails are very important. Electronic machines cannot be trusted at all as past history has already proven it all out.


TomCat S (128)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 12:54 pm
Superior! 😻

Freya H (345)
Saturday October 6, 2018, 7:41 pm
Now we need this terrible trio to go after all of the Senators who voted for Kava-nazi - especially that traitoress Collins! Show no mercy! Scourge their asses till they are bloody!

David C (78)
Monday October 8, 2018, 1:56 pm
thank you......
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