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So Russia has reportedly moved on from Hacking our Election Infrastructure. Moving on to other things. Don’t believe it. They are everywhere in our Election System. They know the importance of the Midterms.

And Now This!…

Parts of an operation linked to Russian military intelligence targeting the US Senate and conservative think tanks were thwarted last week. The domains were associated with the Russian government and known as Strontium, or alternatively Fancy Bear or APT28
"Hackers could have used the domains to send emails to Senate staffers or people working for the Hudson Institute or the International Republican Institute in an attempt to trick them into handing over information, like their passwords."
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Georgia to close 75% of Black Counties Precincts!! Precincts that were all open during the Primaries. They know they have a problem. Even with the Election machines that give suspect results they know they need more help.

If this stands we need to start a major effort to provide transportation in this county. We will need drivers, volunteers and people to help distribute notices and spread the word.
This is also what we should be doing in any heavily Gerrymandered area where there is a difficulty with people traveling the long distance to their polling places.
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THREAD: by now, many of you have seen posts or articles re: @defcon’s @VotingVillageDC, and the ease with which machines and websites were attacked and exploited. And now, THIS is happening....#unhackthevote #infosec #ElectionSecurity
For YEARS, advocates of election integrity have been pointing out these issues. This isn’t new. After 2000, the Help America Vote Act was passed to modernize our elections, first proposed by Robert Ney (R-OH). Signed into law by George W. Bush. So much for this theory:
At the same time, Bush’s @TheJusticeDept began an investigation into alleged #VoterFraud. Guess what it turned up? No masses of non-citizens voting, nothing that could come close to altering an election.…
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I just read this article on companies that provide voter services for states and it is worse than I thought it would be.

Spoiler Alert: I am going to break this article down bit by bit and explain why things are "bad".
The election system is decentralized. Each state runs their own elections and the federal government can't tell the states how to run their elections. There's no centralized system for someone to break into, no one way to run an election so the diversity can be a strength.
21 states (that's 42%) were hit by the Russian hackers and they were successful in at least one state. The federal government and the states have done almost nothing to prevent this from happening again.This is thanks, in part, to the decentralized nature of the election systems.
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More than 250 Trump Organization Subdomains are in Communication with Computers in Russia!!

The Trump Organization, like most large organizations, has a lot of domains registered to it. Let's take a look.
Many of these domains have subdomains - like This is a normal practice. But we found something HIGHLY unusual.
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Remote Access Software used by ES&S Voting. They finally tell the truth. At least some of it. Thank you to @KimZetter for pursuing her initial story from February. I am afraid we are missing the bigger point here.

States have given over their Election Systems to a myriad of Private Companies. The States in many cases have absolutely no idea what is happening with their Elections.
Ask yourself why did the States notified over a year after the 2016 Election not know that they were being targeted by Russia? How is that possible? What does that mean for the possibility of having a free and fair Election?
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Michigan, ES&S and the Voting Machines that couldn’t count!!

Why are States Buying and Using Machines that don’t pass testing?

It is infuriating!!

All along there have been problems with electronic voting. Again and again election officials and observers have spoken up, only to be ignored.
In 2008 an election official in Oakland County Michigan noticed something alarming.with ES&S optical scan machines. Here is the story.
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Maryland Voter Registration System runs on Russian Owned Software! The biggest problem here is that they never knew it. How is that possible? The States have no idea who is behind the companies they give the Elections over to.

We are going to be dropping a ton of research on exactly this. Why do States willfully do this. Would a state actually know if something went bad ? Let's talk more about Spearphishing.
Every company that touches a States Voting system introduces a hundred more employees that can get hacked. Companies rely on these contracts. They aren't going to disclose what happened. Just look at VR Systems.
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So what I believe we are looking at here is the hacking if Illinois and VR Systems in Florida. In Illinois they got to Voter Files and also Election Officials emails, user names and passwords.

With VR Systems we are told nothing happened. That is not true. In Durham NC that uses VR Systems Electronic Polling Books so many people were not showing up in the rolls on election day they had to throw the machines away and go to paper poll books.
No coincidence that Durham is the largest Democratic County. Where else were there problems? Who would ever tell us?
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Supreme Court Justices

Religious Fundamentalists



Oh My!

What you weren’t taught in school about how your Gov’t works.

Who appoints our Supreme Court? The President?

Or a Catholic fundamentalist who controls a network of right-wing groups funded by dark money?
A few days ago our colleague @AltDIA made an interesting discovery. An apparent botnet of Twitter accounts tweeting identical messages: "As a Hoosier, I'm calling on @SenDonnelly to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court."
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So basically Trump and his Republican traitor buddies are giving Russia what they want for their assurance and assistance to help them attack and manipulate the 2018 election.

#Paperballots or we’re fubar

I would also highly suggest #Mueller scrutinize the Republicans sitting in that meeting with those Russians.
They seem highly incentivized
What could that incentive be?
Perhaps they were called there?Forced to be there?

It’s not just money.
There’s way more under the radar
Get real
they know who they’re really taking orders from
they’ve already cut thru the bullshit bc they’re complicit
they know the stakes. It’s their asses.
They’re just showing up to hang a public face on it. Already a done deal at the top. These men are Trump’s dancing monkeys
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Mueller sees Russian effort to influence the 2018 Midterms.

Why after two years of our Election System being targeted are we not getting any information?

We know approximately half our states Voter Registration sites were being targeted in 2016
Some straight thru December

Almost a year later DHS decided to inform the states.

What the hell is going on if we have states that don’t know they are being hit by Russian IP’s.
The states that are supposed to protect us don’t know. DHS that is supposed to protect the states didn’t think it important enough to tell the states in real time.

DHS tells the states that they don’t have the time before midterms to guarantee that they can help every state
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Provisional Ballots are all over the news. When something goes wrong when voting a Provisional Ballot is what may be offered to you. You think it counts? These stats from the 2016 Presidential Primary.

12 States counted less than 50% of them!!

Here is the article the following chart was taken from.…
Here’s the chart.

The first thing you do when you find out you have to Vote using a Provisional Ballot is check your Voter Registration. Then check it monthly.
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The Jane Austen Russian Pornbot

I see I got your attention

Time to take down another one.

This one is interesting

Everyone please Retweet and Report

Thanks to @GwendolynIRL for sending us some additional info

A few days ago we noticed an interesting response in the comments on a thread. A tattooed woman tweeted "points of blood and". Points of blood and?
We had a closer look at Tara Charlson. We noticed a few interesting things about this account.
1. Her account description makes about as much sense as her tweets
2. Although the account has been active since 2014, she only has 18 followers.
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A Key State

Fake State Twitter Accounts

Fake County Twitter Accounts

Fake US Twitter Accounts

Tons of Followers

Alt Right Content

A huge problem

We need your help

On Twitter, as on other social media, fakery is rampant. It leaves the door wide open for accounts to impersonate people and organizations, or to claim false credentials.
For those who know how, Twitter accounts can be controlled with scripts. Accounts can be created, re-named, and re-purposed this way. Hijacked accounts are sanitized by deleting old tweets and changing their handles, screen-names and imagery.
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A Botnet

Different than your typical Botnet

Lots of Resistance Followers

Lets take a look

I really didn’t want to do another Botnet thread. This one however needs to be exposed. 9 months of activity. Over 12 Million posts. Many Resistance members following.

While we are at it how the hell after all this time and all of these tweets did Twitter not spot this Botnet?
Thanks to @rosesansthorns for bringing this to our attention. She saw anomalies in a Twitter account (@blackalive_) and shared them with our team. Here is a screenshot of that very active account.
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It’s the Life Blood of the RNC and Trump Campaign.
(It’s not Voter Fraud. It far worse)…
“Electoral fraud, election manipulation, or vote rigging is illegal interference with the process of an election, whether by increasing the vote share of the favored candidate, depressing the vote share of the rival candidates, or both.“
“In national elections, successful electoral fraud can have the effect of a coup d'état or corruption of democracy. In a narrow election, a small amount of fraud may be enough to change the result.”
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Most times elections are won or lost in a handful of States.

Russia targeted almost half of our States Voter Systems.
Cambridge Analytica had at least 87 Million of us in their data.

Why so far beyond what they needed for the Swing States?

So why go so far beyond?
Why draw so much more attention to the targeting?
We now know all that was done to get Trump Elected. They needed all of it to take three typically democratic Voting States and turn them by the narrowest of margins.
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For Companies Like Facebook and Google and others you are not their customers.

You Are Their Product.

How To Protect Your Personal Data.

Recent stories regarding the use of people’s Facebook data and it’s use by Cambridge Analytica/Trump campaign has many thinking about their privacy.
A good rule of thumb : if massive corporations offer their services are free, they must be making money in some fashion. Often this is through using your data to gain advertising customers.
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How long will it be before we find out that Cambridge Analytica had its fingers into the Election System, Registration System or Tally System. They obviously were not going to be stopped short of succeeding. They were in it all the way.

How easy it would have been to share their data with Russia who was targeting our Registration Databases. How easy it would be to share their data with Kobach and Crosscheck to quickly and efficiently remove large blocks of Voters.
Voters who may not have had as much of a Social Media presence to be swayed by their online targeting. Voters that were likely to Vote and had a history of Voting Democratic. They knew not only who they were reaching, they also knew who they weren't.
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Cambridge Analytica

Fake News


and the Swing States

You need to see these numbers!!

We didn't have a chance!!

Obviously there was an all out effort to manipulate who voted during the 2016 Election.

We were besieged with Fake News, Bots, Data Mining and Micro Targeted Ads

Wherever we turned we got Fake news

Whether it was TV, You Tube, our Social Media accounts or the Trump Campaign.
Cambridge Analytica had profiles of 50 Million US Citizens with up to 5,000 data points on each.

They ran targeted ads on Facebook.

They used Twitter to analyze sentiment data looking at responses to Keywords.
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Cambridge Analytica. The Video.

The Questions it raises.

The Rabbit Hole.

Here is a very interesting video of a presentation made in 2017 by Molly Schweickert, Cambridge Analytica's Global Head of Digital.
In the video she describes the details of Cambridge Analytica's triumphant Trump campaign marketing venture.
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1/ When? At what point is it enough? Where is the line? How long do we wait? Are those currently in positions of leadership deaf, dumb & blind? What about those that were, but no longer are? Is everyone waiting for someone else to make the determination? #Resist #TheResistance
2/ If not everything that’s occurred since and including the entire 2016 election, up and down ballot, nation wide isn’t a crisis, what is? Is the American Govt involved with the very practices our Government was put in place to prevent? #Vote #FlipItBlue #BlueWave2018 #VoteBlue
3/ Did the President not take an Oath? If the President doesn’t honor his Oath do we not have a Congress to check him? If Congress does not check him but is corrupted and derelict of duty as well, who protects America? The American people can keep them in check with their vote.
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Massive Electronic #ElectionFraud Put Trump Into The Presidency, As Reported By Every #ElectionForensics Scientist.
(We’re All Supposed To Keep It Secret)
2)”Since votes are counted unobservably in the pitch-dark of cyberspace& our voting equipment& programming are essentially off-limits to inspection, election forensics comes indirect measures of patterns& anomalies, from which red flags may emerge to suggest “problems”.
3)”Unlike previous eras, exit polls — or at least those in competitive elections bearing national significance — in the era of computerized voting have been so habitually “off” in the same direction (to the “left” of the vote counts) that...”
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