Leaked RNC Data Analytic Firm Data: ‘The Kind of Data You Can Use to Steal an Election’
With each passing day of new bombshell news reports, the questions of whether the vote itself was rigged are not debunked but quite the opposite. Old questions are not answered while new questions are raised.
Now we know that at least 21 state voter registration systems were hacked-and it may be as much as 39. We know now that voter data itself was altered in at least some instances. Now there is the bombshell over the data analytics firm the RNC used which leaked sensitive personal information of 1988 million American citizens.
“Earlier this week, it emerged that data-analytics firm hired by the Republican National Committee last year to gather political information about US voters accidentally leaked the sensitive personal details of roughly 198 million citizens earlier this month, as its database was left exposed on the open web for nearly two weeks.”
“Upon reviewing the exposed data — which included names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as proprietary information based on predictive models of voters’ behavior — Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology said simply: “This data is worth a s—load of money.”
“Archie Agarwal, the founder of the cybersecurity firm ThreatModeler, agreed that the data was a “gold mine” for anyone looking to target and manipulate voters. The security researcher who discovered the leaked database, Chris Vickery, said it was the kind of information “you can use to steal an election at the state and local level. It tells you who you need to advertise to to swing votes.”
The kind of data you need to steal an election at the state and local level.
So it’s becoming clearer that there was motive, means and opportunity to rig the election itself. As for the notion that there’s no evidence the results were rigged, the computer scientists that initially noticed discepancies in the vote in the three swing states that decided the election-between Hillary’s vote total in machine vs non machine districts-have pointed out that this won’t necessarily leave any evidence.
“How might a foreign government hack America’s voting machines to change the outcome of a presidential election? Here’s one possible scenario. First, the attackers would probe election offices well in advance in order to find ways to break into their computers. Closer to the election, when it was clear from polling data which states would have close electoral margins, the attackers might spread malware into voting machines in some of these states, rigging the machines to shift a few percent of the vote to favor their desired candidate. This malware would likely be designed to remain inactive during pre-election tests, do its dirty business during the election, then erase itself when the polls close. A skilled attacker’s work might leave no visible signs — though the country might be surprised when results in several close states were off from pre-election polls.”
It is pretty bracing to realize that all these elements did in fact happen. Note that to rig an election there is not as some have suggested a need to hack into every single district in the country, just the relatively few states that are likely to decide the election.
These tweets by Guccifer 2.0 continue to get no play in the media-do the Congressional investigative committees know about them? I sure hope at least Mueller knows about them:
— GUCCIFER 2.0 (@GUCCIFER_2) November 4, 2016
I'll be an independent observer at the U.S. #Elections2016
I call on other hackers to monitor the elections from inside the system
— GUCCIFER 2.0 (@GUCCIFER_2) November 4, 2016
Speaking of Guccifer 2.0:
At least one Republican operative, however, made use of voter data stolen by Russian hackers last year: Florida political strategist Aaron Nevins.
“Guccifer 2.0, the self-described hacker that US intelligence officials and cybersecurity experts have linked to Russian military intelligence, sent 2.5 gigabytes of voter analysis data compiled by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to Nevins late last summer, The Wall Street Journal reported late last month.”
“The documents provided to Nevins, who then posted them on his blog, analyzed districts in Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. They showed “how many people were dependable Democratic voters, how many were likely Democratic voters but needed a nudge, how many were frequent voters but not committed, and how many were core Republican voters — the kind of data strategists use in planning ad buys and other tactics,” the Journal said.
“The exposure of that voter data, which Nevins remarked was worth “millions of dollars,” led at least one Republican campaign consultant, Anthony Bustamante, to “adjust” the voting targets of the campaign he was advising at the time, according to the Journal.”
Roger Stone also got received the data from Nevins.
“Basically if this was a war, this is the map to where all the troops are deployed,” Nevins told Guccifer 2.0 in a text message, according to the Journal.
Nevins said he had no regrets in using the “map,” even if it had been handed to the Russians.
“If your interests align, never shut any doors in politics,” he told The Journal.
Hm. so far from denying Russia collusion, Nevins is copping to it-nothing wrong with colluding with a hostile foreign power if it helps the Republican party win. That’s all that matters. No doubt, Mitch McConnell agrees.
They are Republicans first, Americans second.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
I can use any help I can get at this point-volunteers or supporters who live in NY 2. Donations whatever your zip code. These days we can’t just support a local Dem we need a Dem Congress. Which is why I’ve donated few hundred to Jon Ossoff.
Please donate to help me in my part of the effort to fight for a Dem House-$5 or $10 can do so much.
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