Monday, November 19, 2012

Anonymous saves the day: blocks GOP theft of Ohio election with firewall

Hacktivist group Anonymous has done some good things and some bad things. It all depends on your point of view. Now the group has come forward and said they are the reason that Karl Rove nearly went apoplectic on Fox News on Nov. 6, Election Night 2012.

Thom Hartmann reported the claim on his radio show on Friday (video of the broadcast is embedded). Of course, Anonymous has claimed things in the past which later turned out to be false, but as Hartmann said: "it makes sense."

Republican strategist Karl Rove seemed incredibly surprised when the results came back from Ohio. It wasn't just the surprise that Mitt Romney exuded -- he reportedly had no concession speech written -- it was genuine amazement.

As Hartmann, noted, in the book "Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove's Secret Kingdom of Power," author Craig Unger documented how in the 2004 election, "the Ohio vote was counted in Ohio, at 11:13 p.m. at night, the entire Ohio voting system crashed ... a minute later they came up. In that minute, all the votes had been re-routed through a server system in Tennesee, and so all the vote totals flowed back into the system in Ohio, and John Kerry lost, even though the exit polls showed him winning."

So why didn't Ohio go for Romney in 2012?

Curiously enough, the Ohio Secretary of State's vote tabulation website went down at 11:13 p.m. Rove even mentioned it on the air.

Coincidence? Possibly. In this day of technology and hackers -- and not just Anonymous, but hackers working for the GOP and others -- it's not out of the question. Computers are subject to bugs, as well, including this example of a voting machine that would not allow the user to vote for Obama on Nov. 6.

However, according to the report, Anonymous stopped any voter fraud from happening. The hacker group put up firewalls on election night to any data from flowing out of Ohio.

Anonymous, according to their "letter," could instead have tried to capture the data and then expose the criminals, but that would have been far too risky. Instead, they closed the hole that Rove was going to use and blocked the theft of the election.

Is there any real proof that this happened? Of course not. However, based on Anonymous past exploits, we believe it is possible.  In addition, in late October, Anonymous posted a little viewed video (below) that warned Rove and others that their theft of the election was not going to be successful.

It would be very interesting if Anonymous captured enough information to give the Justice Department evidence to take down the miscreants. Odds are not, but it would indeed be interesting to see Rove and others brought to task.

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