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Am I reading correctly that a Mobile App was used for actually casting a ballot?
How is this insanity allowed?
The state of West Virginia says someone attempted to hack its citizens' votes during the 2018 mid-term elections. A statement issued this week by US Attorney Mike Stuart of the Southern District of West Virginia revealed that the FBI has been called in and is actively investigating at least one attempt to tamper with election …
Because it could prove useful if one day the plebs started showing a tendency to unforgivingness regarding politicians and their peccadilloes (incompetence, corruption, bigotry, lies and the rest) by, e.g., not voting for politicians that have committed/perpetrated them.
This decission provides said politicians with a B plan.
"According to the US attorney, the unknown hacker, only referred to as an 'outside party' tried (and failed) to get access to the mobile voting system the state used for military service members stationed overseas."
Doesnt appear to be an app but a system used for a specific use case - Defenc(s)e members posted overseas. So not on a phone but probably a shipping container with a satellite dish on the roof.
Consumerist mentality among those doing acquisitions has come to dominate virtually all work environments.
So many are simply addicted to installing apps, running down to the office store or Amazon, Fry's, etc. to buy a shrink-wrapped network solution--as if a home WiFi router belonged in an enterprise environment, and such.
And, they have no idea what it takes to do a security review in enterprise-level change management process. So, being utterly ignorant of the existence of change management and security-review processes, they simply never ask if they need permission--and they get indignant when they get discovered and have their stupidity blocked from and ripped out of the network.
How is this insanity allowed?
Because proving 'our chosen system of democracy is working perfectly', through having people seen to vote, is more important than who is voted for or that voting may in fact be compromised.
That's why web site, email, SMS, ATM, and even TV 'Red Button' voting have all been proposed. It's a numbers game.
Uhh guuys, 's been a whole one year now and we still han't gotten the back of this ere damn votin machine thiin. Now a knows Gill said she be back with a-uh screwdriier but I'm havin some serious doubts that she ever comin back from uh mateurnity leave? So I'm just puttin this out ere, uh don't overreac or nothin, maybe it's time to ask the Feds if they know anythin about uh-ah hackiin?
"The reliability of our election system and the sanctity of every vote is something we should never have to question," said Stuart.
Then why the hell do you keep using such bizarre methods of casting votes, so many of them with known problems? Is the country so divided that no-one trusts anyone to tally ballot papers by hand?
The result HAS to be known very quickly! Counting paper ballots would be FAR too slow (and mean various friendly and only SLIGHTLY incompetent suppliers do not get rich!)
It's not as if there's an enormous gap between, say, the vote for the president and the winner taking office...
Since the 'hanging chads' debacle in Florida, the voting systems used in the USA have been shown to be NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE.
They keep on trying to make them secure but the companies making them really have no reason to so do beyond a cursorary glance. There is far too much money riding on the [cough][cough] right result even when it comes to electing the local 'dog catcher'.
The USA gets the best politicians that money can buy but only if their voting systems are equally corrupt so as to ensure the result that money wants.
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