No Way to Hack They Say? – Think Again

by Mark Angelides

When former President Barack Obama mocked Donald Trump for suggesting that there could even be such a thing as voter fraud: “What? What does that even mean?” It was clear to all those who had not drunk the Kool-Aid that not only was it possible, but that it was likely, and likely on an enormous scale.
The MSM told us simple viewers how wonderful the voting system was and that the machines couldn’t be tampered with and that the electoral integrity was assured…and don’t forget to laugh at the guy who suggested it. Well we weren’t so silly after all. In Las Vegas, a bunch of tech workers have gathered for their conference and a treat had been laid on for them. They entered into a competition to Hack Voting Machines.
Machines were bought from a variety of sources (including eBay) and were supposedly a fair representation of the mix of machines used across the states. The tech guys (and gals) were then invited to do their very best to Hack them. Well it was a shambles. Some of the machines had flawed wifi systems; some had sockets in which to plug other devices…The whole thing was over for almost everyone in less than 90 minutes.
A bunch of people at a Las Vegas conference successfully managed in less than an hour and a half the exact thing that the former President, the Security services, the MSM, and State government told us couldn’t be done. Idiots. These were not the daring hackers we are exposed to in TV and movies; “Anarchists with Keyboards!” These are regular Joes (and Jills) wit day jobs that involve computers. They probably have their own special coffee mug and a car-pool system. Yet they all managed to hack the voting machines. This is a problem.
The organizer of the competition, Jack Braun said:
“Without question, our voting systems are weak and susceptible. Thanks to the contributions of the hacker community today, we’ve uncovered even more about exactly how.”
“The scary thing is we also know that our foreign adversaries — including Russia, North Korea, Iran — possess the capabilities to hack them too, in the process undermining principles of democracy and threatening our national security.”
And it is a worry. Not the fact that almost anyone with Hacking skills can actually “break” the machine’s software, but that our government is either blissfully unaware of reality or that they are lying through their teeth to us for their own malicious ends.