A Russian-owned company tried to hack the Ohio office that oversees the state’s voting systems on Election Day, according to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, as reported by an article in Salon.
If that doesn’t scare the ever living shit out of you, I’ve got nothing.
Secretary of State LaRose downplayed the attack as “relatively unsophisticated,” whatever the hell that means.
“Some of these unsophisticated attacks are ways that they probe for vulnerabilities. They are poking around for soft spots,” LaRose explained.
He went on to credit the state’s “Albert” alert system that quickly identified the attack. “The good guys won that day and the bad guys lost,” he said.
No, asshole, that is not necessarily true, for a whole shitload of reasons.
The first reason, being, of course, is that a successful attack on your database is one that isn’t even detected, and there is a chance that a sophisticated organization like …oh … the Russian military, might do two or more attacks, some very haphazard, all to cover the most subtle attack.
Second, this “unsophisticated” attack may have just been probing your weaknesses, preparing for next year.
Last, jackass, it is never good, ever ever ever good, to learn that Russians – it is always Russians, want to interfere with our government generally, and elections specifically.
As an aside, while we are lecturing Sec. Larose for his glib comments, we ought to note that Secretary Larose is a Republican. In its current form, we have precious little evidence that the Republican party of 2019 can be trusted to tell us the truth about these matters, nor necessarily trusted to defend hacking designed to help Republicans. We might not necessarily even trust a Republican to not take a phone call from the White House, stating that he is to stop speaking about it. Call us paranoid.
Larose can characterize this as “great” all he wants. This is not “great” at all, and we keep hearing about vulnerabilities after the fact. Moreover, we keep hearing about more and more vulnerabilities, many are cited in the above article. As just one example:
Though voting machines are not supposed to connect to the internet for security reasons, some machine analysts have discovered remote-access software on machines in key swing states and other flaws that could expose the systems to hacking. Motherboard recently reported that election systems in 10 different states have connected to the internet in the last year.
It is infuriating to me that we would be just as angry reading about a company based in India attempting to hack into systems and change every vote to the Democrat. It would infuriate us, as it would cast “doubts” upon the 2020 results, results that we intend to win by, you know, winning.
This is terrifying. If Trump is looking for a reason to suspend the next election, or question its results, he has it. Russians continue to hack our system. We have yet to see Trump actually do anything in office that materially hurts him in some way. “Stepping down,” after an election, would be an act that “hurts” him dearly. No one ought to be presuming Trump will “do the right thing” at this point, no matter how obvious. As I said just a week ago, think about how far we’ve come in just a year with regard to Trump wholly unifying the Republican party around his cult.
Of course, none of this would be nearly as big a problem if we had a Republican party that actually cared more about our constitution and nation than their own party politics. Unfortunately, we have the opposite. We have a Republican party that is aching to assist the Russians in this exploitation. Just yesterday we heard more Republicans parroting the “Ukraine worked on behalf of Hillary” talking point, a talking point created on the banks of the frozen as fck Volga river. The Republicans are fine with doing away with democracy as long as they do away with Democrats while doing it.
Where is the uproar?
Where is our president? Shouldn’t he be on national TV saying something like: “If I hear of any election interference, public or private, traced back to any foreign nation, the United States will consider it an act of war, and will bomb the originating location. If you e-bomb us, we will “real-bomb” you. Fair warning. After 2016, the United States will not stand-by and allow it all to happen again.”
End of problem, if the world believed that president.
But we don’t have a president. We have a cult-leader of the Russian party, leading his cult-followers in an effort to destroy the enemy, us. WE are the “enemy” in Trump’s mind, not foreign governments attempting to break democracy and western liberalism. WE are the enemy, and that is why he is not on TV talking about it, and it will not be a national priority.
Peace, y’all, except for people and organizations that screw with our underlying democracy.
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