Skip to comments.Iowa Caucus Polling System Threatened By Hackers (GOP officials take new security steps)
Posted on 12/19/2011 6:19:37 AM PST by Libloather
Iowa Caucus Polling System Threatened By Hackers
Published December 19, 2011 | Associated Press
IOWA CITY, Iowa Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month's presidential nominating caucuses.
A video uploaded to YouTube features a computer-generated voice denouncing a corrupt political system and calls on supporters to "peacefully shut down" the Jan. 3 caucuses.
The video claims to be from Anonymous, a loosely organized group of hackers who have successfully conducted past computer attacks.
Investigators aren't sure whether the video is authentic, but party officials have instructed precinct caucuses to use paper ballots as a backup system and taken other steps to protect the database and website that displays caucus results.
The party fears such a delay could disrupt the traditional influence of the Iowa caucuses. Candidates who do well tend to gain momentum in the presidential race, while those finishing at the back of the pack may drop out.
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Sigh . . . anyone else remember when Anonymous were a very sharp thorn in the side of the Cult of Scientology, instead of a band of cyber-terrorists?
Will the FBI be investigating this threat?
If it's good enough for Gene...
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