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1 That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 1:19 pm

GA Sec. of State's office launching investigation after alleged failed hacking attempt of voter registration system

Georgia's Secretary of State's office says it has launched an investigation into a "failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system" on Saturday evening.

The office of Brian Kemp, who is also the Republican candidate for governor, said in a Sunday morning news release that they will investigate the Georgia Democratic Party as part of its probe, but did not offer any details on why it is investigating the Democratic party.
"While we cannot comment on the specifics of an ongoing investigation, I can confirm that the Democratic Party of Georgia is under investigation for possible cyber crimes," said press secretary Candice Broce in the release. "We can also confirm that no personal data was breached and our system remains secure."

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2 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 2:52 pm

This obvious, desperate ploy is a perfect example of why Brian Kemp has absolutely NO BUSINESS retaining office as attorney general, overseeing the very election he's running in for governor.

If this isn't blatant corruption at its worst, I'll never know what is. DISGUSTING.

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3 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 2:58 pm

You're just assuming it's baseless. Will you come back and condemn illegality? Doubtful.

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4 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 3:17 pm

Even IF there is some valid basis for this investigation, it's the very APPEARANCE of corruption that explains why anyone with half a brain and the very barest understanding of ethics would see why Kemp long ago needed to resign his position if he wanted to run for governor (or any other office requiring impartial election system oversight), and why this investigation would carry more weight, have any chance whatsoever of being credible, had Kemp indeed resigned -- just as any ethical, right-thinking individual would have done.

Will YOU admit THAT???

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5 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 3:47 pm

Federal Judge Orders Georgia's Brian Kemp to Unblock Thousands From Voting

By GINA MARTINEZ November 3, 2018

"On Friday, a federal judge ruled against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, allowing 3,141 people who were ineligible to vote the opportunity to cast their ballots on Tuesday’s midterm elections.

U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross granted an injunction, ordering Kemp to allow people previously flagged as ineligible to vote if they present proof of citizenship to county election officials. If the person shows up to the polls without proper documentation then officials must let them come back with proof or allow them to cast a provisional ballot, giving them until the Friday after the election to return with proof of citizenship. The suit was brought by the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, protesting Kemp use of the state’s “exact match” law, in his capacity as secretary of state..."


This isn't a first for Kemp, who pulled the same shenanigans in 2016.

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6 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 3:53 pm

RealLindaL wrote:Will YOU admit THAT???

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7 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 3:54 pm

Floridatexan wrote:This isn't a first for Kemp, who pulled the same shenanigans in 2016.  

The man has shown himself to be an entirely untrustworthy, manipulative character. But Trump lovers will love this guy, too. They're cut from the same cloth.

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8 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 3:57 pm

Deus X wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:Will YOU admit THAT???

You're right of course, Deus, because all Pkr will do (if anything) is to come back with his usual fallback of "the other side's wrongs make this right," rather than answering what is, for him, an entirely unanswerable question.

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9 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/4/2018, 4:07 pm


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10 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/5/2018, 12:13 pm

Kemp's crooked as a dog's hind leg. Total fox/henhouse situation.

Somebody on Daily Kos spelled it out pretty neatly:

Apparently, a voter found a security vulnerability in the software used by the state’s voter registration system on Saturday
The voter alerted an attorney for the plaintiffs in one of the on-going lawsuits against Kemp’s office.
That lawyer (David Cross) alerted the FBI and attorneys for Kemp’s office.
Separately, someone not affiliated with the Democratic party flagged the security vulnerability to a Democratic party volunteer.
The volunteer forwarded the email to the party’s voter protection director, who shared it with cyber-security experts, who then alerted a national intelligence agency and reached out to the Coalition for Good Governance, an election security advocacy group.
Bruce Brown, a lawyer for the group then alerted Kemp’s office.
Kemp then put out a press release accusing the state Democratic party of trying to hack the state system.

Instead of addressing the security issues, Kemp’s office put out the statement Sunday saying he had opened an investigation that targets Democrats for hacking, without providing any evidence or details. There was no mention of the letters and information sent to the SoS office and to the FBI by Democrats, alerting them of the problem.

The “hack” in this case is really simple — by typing the appropriate URL, any user can access any file on the server, including voter registration records, network configuration files and cryptographic keys. Files can also be modified. The security features of this software are extremely immature. Georgia’s system has not been audited, so who knows how many other security holes are there.

This hack did not deal with voting machines or voting tabulation software. That’s another story.

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11 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/5/2018, 1:22 pm

Thanks for posting this, z. It's a much clearer explanation than is appearing in mainstream media -- whose articles will likely only confuse people and thus make them suspicious of the Dems, which is exactly the result Kemp planned, of course.

Can only hope the voters of Georgia are sharper than we may think, and see through this act.

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12 Re: That old sweet song... on 11/5/2018, 5:06 pm

Deus X wrote:
RealLindaL wrote:Will YOU admit THAT???


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