The Hacking of the 2016 Election – Did I Write the Script?

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jul 29, 2016 4:27 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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Well, it's about time. People are finally realizing how easy it would be to hack an election - assuming it hasn't happened already.

One of the big political stories this week is that experts believe that Russia has hacked the Democratic National Committee’s servers in an effort to help Trump win the presidential election. Today, security expert Bruce Schneier went further, in an editorial in the Washington Post, suggesting that Putin’s next move may be to exploit the woefully inadequate security of US voting machines to hack the election itself.

That’s a warning worth heeding, because the possibility is all too real. So far, though, no one has focused on another vulnerability that may have already been exploited as the first step towards stealing the election. That’s surprising, because the hack is so obvious.

Why obvious? Because Trump is such an unlikely candidate that no one took him seriously in the beginning. What changed everything? Well, the polls, of course, and now you can guess where I’m headed.

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