Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Is Russia Meddling In The U.S. Election?
Herbert Lin, Newsweek: Russia Is Probably Meddling In The U.S. Election-And That's No Surprise
In recent weeks, two hacks against the Democratic National Committee have been uncovered, one disclosing the DNC’s opposition research on Donald Trump and another releasing many internal emails that forced the resignation of the DNC chair on the eve of the convention. Regardless of these particular consequences, the hacks highlight the potential for cyber-related chaos in the U.S. presidential campaign.
Consider what else might happen between now and November. Perhaps the electronic voting machines will be hacked. The vendors of these machines are unwilling to allow independent experts to examine and report on how vulnerable their machines are, but in 2006, graduate students and a single professor in computer science demonstrated they could pose a credible hacking threat to voting machines.
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Update: Podcast: What is Russia doing to influence the U.S. election? (Jason Fields, Reuters)
WNU Editor: So we learned through hackers that the DNC fixed the primaries so that Hillary Clinton would win, and that they have a file that targets Donald Trump .... but the big story for the media are the allegations (utterly unproven) that it was the Russians who did it?!?!?!?! The big story is the content of what was leaked .... not who leaked it. Sighhh .... but the main stream media has moved on. As to the Newsweek author's suggestion that maybe these emails were forged .... the DNC has not denied that they are, and in fact they have just fired a number of senior officials responsible for the emails that were posted on Wikileaks.