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#1 vetmarkjensen

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 13:53

Source: Information Week

Obama, McCain Campaign Computers Hacked

Tech experts at the Obama headquarters initially believed that the computer systems had been invaded by a computer virus.

Computer systems used by the Obama and McCain campaigns were reportedly hacked over the summer by an unknown "foreign entity," according to an account of the attacks published Wednesday.

The sophisticated cyberattacks has prompted a federal investigation, Newsweek reported Wednesday. Attacks on both campaigns were similar in that investigators believed a foreign entity or organization sought to steal information on policy positions. Such information could be used in negotiations with the future administration.

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Tech experts at the Obama headquarters initially believed that the computer systems had been invaded by a computer virus. The next day, however, they were told by the FBI and Secret Service that the problem was far more serious, the magazine reported.

"You have a problem way bigger than what you understand," an agent told Obama's team, according to Newsweek. "You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system."

Federal agents told Obama's aides that the McCain campaign had suffered a similar attack, which a top McCain official later confirmed to Newsweek.




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Posted 07 November 2008 - 13:58

One reason Voting will never be done on the Net.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 14:14

One reason Voting will never be done on the Net.

Those voteboxes are connected to the blagosphere anyway.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 14:19

Those voteboxes are connected to the blagosphere anyway.


Not in Ohio they are not, they are saved on a card and printed as well. The cards are then taken to the county board of elections for tabulation.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 15:16

Not in Ohio they are not, they are saved on a card and printed as well. The cards are then taken to the county board of elections for tabulation.



I'm in ohio and tahts the way it should be done...there needs to be a paper trail, if the power were lost and the backups failed it would be possible to loose millions of votes...paper FTW

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 15:38

I'm in ohio and tahts the way it should be done...there needs to be a paper trail, if the power were lost and the backups failed it would be possible to loose millions of votes...paper FTW

As long as you avoid the Florida fiasco with whatever permanent record you choose.

"Dimpled chad" (and the countless lawyers arguing over every ballot) FTL (N)

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 15:41

As long as you avoid the Florida fiasco with whatever permanent record you choose.

"Dimpled chad" (and the countless lawyers arguing over every ballot) FTL (N)


No chads in Ohio, all electronic with a printed backup. You can ask for a paper ballot if you want to. Some of the elder folk do that.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 15:46

No chads in Ohio, all electronic with a printed backup. You can ask for a paper ballot if you want to. Some of the elder folk do that.

Even paper like that has problems.

I put my pen in a square, thinking if I should vote for Candidate A. I decide that I don't know that contest very well, and go on to a different section (for a state representative, for example).

Now, that square has a slight mark in it. If the race is close, lawyers will argue whether that constitutes an intent to vote or not. I do not like paper ballots for that reason.

I really like the electronic. Binary FTW (there is no 0.5 state). Printed confirmations can be done, and if the print is unclear (toner/ink issues), a reprint can be endlessly done off the same data to get a clear representation.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 19:41

"unknown foreign entity"... *cough*China*cough*.

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 19:42

I don't think so

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Posted 07 November 2008 - 20:42

Ignorance of the "IT" guy. This is one of those things that gives a new meaning to "computer illiteracy".

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Posted 08 November 2008 - 01:53

RBN strikes again? Allegedly has family ties to a senior Russian politician.