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There's More Than One Way to Hack an Election
by Axios
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    07/05/2018
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    As someone who works in security, I find the election system laughable. Google voting machine blackhat it will take you 15 seconds. It’s not just the blatant opportunity, or the means, the problem is anytime we call out the motive (home grown and foreign adversary), the party who won the last election feels entitled and couldn’t give a *. Reality? The government is supposed to be of the people, by the people, for the people, but the financial interests are played in ways that are unimaginable to the vast majority of constituents (and many representatives). The Facebook testimony questions prove the lack of literacy with today’s digital weapons, digital threats, and even norms of communication that make tactics, techniques and procedures opaque if not for intelligence agency reports - which struggle to distill a palatable warning to convey the necessary message for critical decision makers. Today, anyone with these weapons can make money by cyber ransoms, surgical opinion shaping campaigns, in optimized ways that look benign and collect millions from innocents. It’s not just product marketing: the post-truth era can maximize the “opinion” return on every dollar spent on their audiences. There’s a reason Schneider testified to Congress- but proof that we have not listened is in the lack of progress since then, or parkland, or the general election. We enter the midterms with the same tactical disadvantage for the constituents that they face when they voted, danced in Vegas, dropped children at school, or visited an OB: we are all a product in an information economy, unarmed, and silicon valley gets away unscathed merely through posting ads on the subway (actually at higher stock prices, confirming reliable profitability)

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