Friday, August 5, 2016

From IRS and the tea parties to Homeland and the vote

UPIHomeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday his department is considering classifying electronic polling stations across the country as "critical infrastructure," entitling them to the same level of cyber-protection as the nation's power grid and financial sector.

Johnson said the federal government has been looking at how to protect electronic polling stations from cyberattacks since before it was revealed the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, likely by Russians, representing a serious foreign cyber intrusion affecting the 2016 presidential election.

While federal officials have yet to officially point the finger for the DNC hack at the Russians, The New York Times reported Thursday that intelligence officials have a "high level of confidence" the individuals behind the DNC hack have ties to the Russian government.

"We should carefully consider whether our election system, our election process is critical infrastructure, like the financial sector, like the power grid," Johnson told reporters in Washington. "There's a vital national interest in our electoral process."

The nation's election infrastructure -- and the security of it -- has not undergone significant changes since passage of the Help America Vote Act in 2002, which Johnson said "raised the bar" for security, but is now outdated.


edutcher said...

IOW Trump said the election might be rigged, that smirking simpleton just told us how.

Lem said...

Helping Hillary is a bigger federal project than the Manhattan project and the Hoover Dam put together.

Chip Ahoy said...

Just watched Trump again. Green Bay is jazzed.

Same material with additional A2 with graphic and welcome examples expressed many times by others.

His sign fascinates me. It's minimal and it amounts to right handed fingerspelling. His stubby little undersized incredibly short amusing fingers spell this throughout:

5, L, D, F, F, F, 1, 5, F, 1, D, F, F, F, F, 5, F, D.

He makes the sign for F a lot, like Chef Boyardee "fine" but draws it into his chest as if circling his own right tit. It's funny.

The drunk Trump joker imitates this uniquely Trump signal hilariously. It cracks me up.

Speaking of funny, now changing subject. YouTube [turkey, coup, gta codes]

Turkish television presenter reveals secret codes that they found investigating coup members. Breathlessly reading them off to the camera. Turns out to be a notebook of Grand Theft Auto cheat codes.

Look at the video. Be one of the cool kids and have yourself a laugh. Or perhaps just be disgusted that their journalists are as stupid and arrogant as ours.

Es muy ridículo.

XRay said...

@ Lem; 8:59. That was funny. You could add the Apollo project, great wall, filling of the oceans, the big bang.

bagoh20 said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Bin Laden, Mao, or Putin won the election as counted by the electronic vote, but I would be entertained.

AJ Lynch said...

Did you ever notice bureaucrats in big organizations like Jeh Johnson and DHS tend to want to do something other than their own jobs?