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Election Fraud Alert – August 2016

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

This made me chuckle: https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-says-foreign-hackers-penetrated-000000175.html

Oh, so NOW elections can be hacked? Sheesh… where were these guys when Diebold began putting out voting machines that had no paper trail to corroborate votes with? That was back in the 90s and I remember howling about those. There was the Mexican national election of 1988, in which Cuahutemoc Cardenas was in the lead, strongly, when “the system crashed”… after being restored, Carlos Salinas de Gortari was out in front. All the ballots were burned three years later so that nobody could check to see if the voting database had been restored properly after crashing. President de la Madrid later admitted that the voting that year had been rigged. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_general_election,_1988

We’ve had in the US media outlets print election results before voting happened (most recently in Florida), voter registration screening software match white felons’ names to innocent black citizens, voter registration software deny the existence of residences (and hence said residents’ right to vote), and other miscarriages of election justice with specifically digital components to them. The idea that only just now are election machines vulnerable to hackers (no doubt mustache-twirling Russians!) is outrageous.

Thing is, those Diebold boxes are incredibly vulnerable to local tampering. There’s no need to run an attack on voting databases over a network. Physical access to the Diebolds means they can be made to report whatever the guy with access wants them to report. No paper trail, remember? So a story like this sounds a lot to me like part of a propaganda campaign, to extend a narrative that needs to be spun for possible future use.

We’ve already seen a narrative connect Russians to Donald Trump. I wonder aloud if we won’t see Trump victories blamed on voter fraud, connected back to “Russians” without any credible evidence offered up, and then see Trump’s cronies face criminal voter fraud charges. Such a move would be a “just in case” maneuver, should the election need a little stealing to get it back on track with how certain people believe it should come out. Interesting how the states mentioned were Illinois, a Democrat-leaning state, and Arizona, a “battleground” state. Illinois is a red herring: Arizona is where fun can be had. That state, plus 10 more electoral votes from either Missouri or Nevada plus New Hampshire, would be all that Clinton needs to get 270 electoral votes and win the election. This is why the story runs… just in case Clinton needs another 11 to win, she’s sown the seeds in Arizona to cast doubt on that election’s outcome, should it go towards the “Russian” favorite son, Donald Trump.

So You Want a CCENT…

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

OK, so you want a CCENT…

You want Wendell Odom’s book: Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide
You’ll then want the sequel for your CCNA: CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide
You’ll then want to round things out with: CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack

Wendell Odom is a great tech writer and I enjoyed his books for my CCENT/CCNA prep. I took the tests that expire in September. These books are for the new versions of the tests. Read them and do the practice tests until you get 95% or better every time you take a practice test. Repetitive? Yes. That’s how it’s done.

You’ll also want GNS3 and Cisco Packet Tracer to simulate hardware, unless you happen to have some handy in your house. If you do plan on getting your own hardware, check here and we can let you know if it’s a good deal or not… or what you may want to make sure about the product before you buy. I bought my own hardware after reading about people getting burned buying “certification lab bundles”. I’m glad I did, as I got more good hardware for less than what someone was charging for a bundle of gear that was good for the last rev of the cert exam…

Google is your friend. Ask a question, then Google up the answer. If you don’t understand the answer, Google some more or find a discussion forum for networkers and bring them your question. You learn a lot that way and you feel sure about your knowledge.