Tuesday, June 13, 2017

About Last November


Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system before Donald Trump’s election was far more widespread than has been publicly revealed, including incursions into voter databases and software systems in almost twice as many states as previously reported.

In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data. The hackers accessed software designed to be used by poll workers on Election Day, and in at least one state accessed a campaign finance database. Details of the wave of attacks, in the summer and fall of 2016, were provided by three people with direct knowledge of the U.S. investigation into the matter. In all, the Russian hackers hit systems in a total of 39 states, one of them said.

39 states - most controlled by Repubs, where state government officials balked at the prospect of taking action to prevent Russia from fucking up the elections because (I think) the results of that fuckery would accrue to the GOP's benefit.

But the really bad news right now is that it worked.  Whether it worked or not, it worked. That's the best kind of political maneuver.

The point of the exercise was to disrupt the American election. And there's a good probability that many will feel somehow vindicated for their decision not to vote in this particular election, and to avoid the whole thing altogether from here on out. 

So it worked.

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