Is this a Hoax?
A great cyber debate has ensued over the past two days with thousands of megabytes transferred through servers about the claim of Anonymous – that they were able to prevent Karl Rove from flipping votes in three states and prevent votes being flipped in favor of Romney. Karl Rove Loses Election After Being Checkmated By Cyber Sleuths?
Oh, there are so many questions, problems, and controversies that have thousands of people at wits end. Is this a hoax? Where is the proof?
The attack is so juvenile
The description of the attack is in such simple terms. It does not match with the pretentious art of a wordsmith that finds its way into Harper’s Magazine, a publication whose proud prose is not even available on the web without a subscription fee. The mainstream print would never lower the animated adjectival bar to the accept a description of the hack to be described as:
After a rather short time, we identified the digital structure of Karl’s operation and even that of his ORCA. This was an easy task in that the barn doors were left open and the wind swept us inside.
So what do we do with these doors? Do we leave them open and catch the thieves as they steal the prize? Or do we close them so they cannot steal the prize?
Our decision —protect the citizens
This is not the stuff of the New York Times or Harper’s or any other mainstream glossy or pulp publication that has all but ignored election vote flipping allegations for the past decade. Does Anonymous need a publicist or a market firm to help them with announcements?
Dungeons and Dragons?
Below is an unedited and random smattering of comments reacting to the Anonymous announcement. It is a mere sub atomic particle of the reactionary Frankenstein-like organism that was born to frighten the peasants of the cyber community who have turned out with the spears and pitchforks of cyber barbs.
People should be very wary of accepting anonymous claims of responsibility on the internet without documentation.
I thought some of The Protectors’ language sounded like clues in a cryptic crossword puzzle. Anybody here handy at those?
An unsophisticated attack by changing the password on a hardware firewall would not slow down any engineer who had or could get a co-location facility to have access to. They simply would switch out the firewall. As for the language: it is fairly consistent with hacker subculture, though it would be more in line to name the “Great OZ” with something like “Harpoon” or “Sea Shepherd”
We have two possible scenarios here and not enough information to determine which is the correct one.
1) It is a bunch of script kiddies claiming credit for something they did not do and are trying to bamboozle VeletRevolution with the techno-babble.
2) It is a report from one side of an election related cyber skirmish.
I think the best answer at this time is we are possibly the fog of war or the fog of a hoax.
Look at the forest – stupid
The conversation regarding vote flipping has been forwarded far further than any one hundred Harper’s Magazine articles. The fix to a problem affecting millions lies in the manifestation that the problem exists.
Does the Anonymous claim bother you? Do you chose to deny that such a group could enact an operation to intercept programming that was designed to flip votes in three states? Think again.
In fact, it is more likely than not if you look at human nature and greed throughout history. The programing code that counts the vote is a secret. It is held from oversight by any government organization, or elected official. The programming has been proven to be vulnerable to attack. So, if you agree that allowing votes to be counted by covert programming held by a few of private corporations is foolhardy or an accident waiting to happen, then why would you deny that a group of covert operatives have demonstrated that they have hacked the hack?
Case in Point the Great Wave Recall Audit
If ever there was a hoax to be commented, torn apart, and investigated – it is the Wave organization and its “audit” of the Wisconsin Recall Election.
Somehow “The Wave” morphed into “The Liberty Tree Foundation”
The new morphed organization sent out an email on September 19
Months ago Liberty Tree’s Wisconsin Wave project began an historic hand-count of ballots from the June 5th gubernatorial recall election.
What we have found so far includes:
Inconsistent and tamper-prone methods of securing ballot bags
Widespread use of unverifiable touch screen machines in a state where these devices are officially designated as handicap accessible equipment only
And most disturbingly, a number of counties where our hand-counts of paper optiscan ballots often differed from election night totals.
To complete this vital campaign we need your support right now!
(The “Donate” button above has been disabled for good reason)
The email goes on to say:
“Finishing up counts in other high priority counties where discrepancies have been found. The bigger our data set, the more complete our picture of these problems will be.
Compiling what percentage of Wisconsin voters used unverifiable touch-screen voting machines. Unbelievably, this information is not compiled by the state election authority, and so normally is not available to the public (or anyone for that matter).”s
After months NOTHING NEW
Thanks, but we knew all of this.
People working outside the Liberty Wave Tree discovered these anomalies, conducted recounts, and painstakingly examined spread sheets, while Liberty Wave Tree would not share a shred of information on the audit or even the logistics; in which county or on what day they were scheduled to count ballots. As a result of the veil of secrecy people have been working at cross purposes.
You will notice that the email is worded with all the finesse of a professional fund raiser and punctuated by the ever present “Donate” button. Yet, the Liberty Wave Tree has never publicly reported how much money was raised or how it was spent. Not a word. Meanwhile other organizations were conducting audits paying for their own gas, and giving of their time with no “Donate” button.
The final blow – rather then help, they have set back Election Integrity by months
The Wave Liberty Tree folks required volunteers to sign confidentiality agreements not to reveal any information gained from audit counts. The reason? To protect County Clerks and in the interest of forming a trustworthy relationship. Well, it seems that backfired as well.
A source outside Wave/Liberty Tree has discovered that incompetence has permanently damaged the relationship of county clerks regarding Open Records requests:
A clerk said that there have been a number of clerks who’ve complained about the fact that the WAVE will actually schedule dates to come in and then they simply do not show up. According to this clerk, they’ve done this in at last three counties that she knows of. And apparently, in a couple of those situations, they’ve called back to reschedule and have then failed to show up for the rescheduled date. In at least one instance, because the County Clerk knew the count was going to be so big and she wanted to prepare for it, she had two of her staffers cancel their vacations, only to have WAVE not show up.
Outagamie County was alleged to have taken over 8 days and the Clerk there indicated that she regretted having cooperated with them.
Stop The Secrecy
It is time for Wave/Liberty Tree to come forth with any findings of anomalies in the June 5 Recall Election and make them public. They owe the hundreds of volunteers who are working outside their veil of secrecy an accounting for their fund raising efforts.
Four Months Later – Still no Report.
No “Fund Raising” drive was attached to the Anonymous
Anonymous produced a video before the election to announce publicly that they would be watching Karl Rove’s servers. They followed up with an accounting of the success of the action.
Wave recruited volunteers and orchestrated a fund raising drive to audit the votes in the Recall Election. They followed up with nothing.
Which action can best be defined as a “hoax”?