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Anonymous Supposedly Helped Keep Presidental Election Fair

By - Source: The Examiner | B 48 comments

The hactivist group claims it stopped a Fox News anchor from tampering with votes in the 2012 Presidential Election.

Earlier this month, hactivist group Anonymous announced (PDF) that it helped put President Barack Obama back into office for another 4-year term by preventing Republican activist and Fox News anchor Karl Rove from electronically stealing votes from Obama supporters. The group claims that Rove somehow laid tunnels through voter tracking software that would have switched votes from Obama over to Romney in at least three states.

"We began following the digital traffic of one Karl Rove, a disrespecter of the Rule Of Law, knowing that he claimed to be Kingmaker while grifting vast wealth from barons who gladly handed him gold to anoint another King while looking the other way," the group said. "After a rather short time, we identified the digital structure of Karl's operation and even that of his ORCA."

Anonymous said that Rove "left the barn doors wide open", meaning the digital tunnels the Fox News anchor had supposedly established were left unsecured, granting any hacker easy access into the voter tracking system. Thus the group created what it called The Great Oz, a targeted password protected firewall to keep additional hackers, including Karl Rove, out.

"We placed this code on more than one of the digital tunnels and their destinations that Karl's not-so-smart worker bees planned to use on election night," they wrote. "We noticed that these tunnels were strategically placed to allow for tunnel rats to race to the server sewers from three different states. Ah yes, Karl tried to make it appear that there were more than three but we quickly saw the folly of his ploy."

Anonymous said that once the firewall was established, Karl's "speared ORCA whale was beached", as his team of supposed hackers, obviously hired to alter voting in Romney's favor, tried to penetrate the firewall and failed exactly 105 times.

"We have a warning for Karl," the group said. "Sail again at your peril. We may just put all the evidence into a tidy little package and give it to a painfully bored nemesis hanging out in a certain embassy in London."

The announcement claims that Rove's ORCA was discovered at 10am EST on November 6, and then speared by The Great Oz later on at 8pm EST. The group also hints to previously stolen elections which "resulted in terrible destruction across the globe", thus provoking the group into following Rove's data trail. The Examiner also points out that Ohio suffered server problems on November 6 at around 11pm, mirroring an identical situation in Ohio that took place in 2004.

While we won't jump into politics, the claim made by Anonymous poses a good question: can the system used to track votes be fully trusted in an age where servers and firewalls are breached seemingly every week, exposing sensitive data owned by companies and individuals? And if the Anonymous story is true, then how did Rove get into the system and install his pipeline? Did someone give him access or was this an actual hack?

Something tells us that we'll find out soon enough.

 

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    JonnyDough , November 21, 2012 4:08 PM
    Can Anonymous be trusted either? I hope for humanity's sake that there are some "do-gooders" out there who are actually trying to keep evil from doing harm.
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    Efrayim , November 21, 2012 4:08 PM
    So if there is any truth to this wouldn't that make Karl Rove guilty of voter fraud? Shouldn't the proper authorities get involved with this?
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    MrHanMan , November 21, 2012 4:24 PM
    Pics or it didn't happen
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  • 24 Hide
    Efrayim , November 21, 2012 4:08 PM
    So if there is any truth to this wouldn't that make Karl Rove guilty of voter fraud? Shouldn't the proper authorities get involved with this?
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    JonnyDough , November 21, 2012 4:08 PM
    Can Anonymous be trusted either? I hope for humanity's sake that there are some "do-gooders" out there who are actually trying to keep evil from doing harm.
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    will1220 , November 21, 2012 4:13 PM
    This story is bullshit and obviously not true

    Its an alltime low for tomshardware news
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    DjEaZy , November 21, 2012 4:15 PM
    ... thumbs up... fairness must be helped... if this is true, a lawsuit is do...
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    senkasaw , November 21, 2012 4:15 PM
    ...riiiight. Okay Anonymous, thank you for saving the world. *going back to work*
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    littleleo , November 21, 2012 4:16 PM
    Karl Rove is an American traitor but is protected by the GOP and the FOX News machine. While crying about voter fraud he created the biggest fraud on the American People and the world the presidency of GW for his corp masters. America still hasn't recovered from that disaster, Rove should be tar and feathered and run out of the country on a rail.
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    Devoteicon , November 21, 2012 4:17 PM
    cool story bro
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    jazz84 , November 21, 2012 4:23 PM
    This is old news and there is absolutely no evidence that they actually did anything to impact the election. This has been so overplayed on other websites, in fact, that over on DailyKos they are swinging the banhammer at people who continue to spread this absurd conspiracy theory. Don't get me wrong, Rove is a scumbag and has helped to set back productive political discourse in the country immeasurably. Still, his alleged tampering and Anon's alleged counter-tampering are nothing but conspiracy theories at this point. They are "not even wrong"-grade until there is ANY credible evidence presented to support either case. Nothing to see here, people, move along.
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    MrHanMan , November 21, 2012 4:24 PM
    Pics or it didn't happen
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    kawininjazx , November 21, 2012 4:41 PM
    As an independent conservative, this election has made me sick. Between requiring no identification in many cases, instant amnesty granted to over 1 million illegal alien by Obama who are now life long democrat supporters, and the republicans being weak and spineless, there was no point to the election. I am convinced Romney was told to throw the election. Why else would he wipe the floor with Obama in the first debate, then act like a stooge in the next two? The days of the opposition party and an independent press is over. I wouldn't trust Rove or Fox News with anything either, they are only "conservatives" so that they can make a buck being the "opposition".
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    JonnyDough , November 21, 2012 4:56 PM
    p4nz3rm4dThats what the Anons are for... They were just in it for the lulz, but now they actually make a massive difference around the world. Peoples perception of them prevents them from acknowledging their work... Look at OpIsrael, and Chanology.


    Well ANY news is tough to know how viable it really it is. Rule #1 when it comes to consuming journalism (sorry Tom's) and that is that NO source can be fully trusted. That's part of the reason I joined the military, not just to serve my nation, not just for the benefits/money, not to meet famous people, or to be inspired - but also to educate myself about politics, policies, government spending, etc. Three years in and so far it's been a tough, interesting, and at times exhilarating ride.
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    Anomalyx , November 21, 2012 5:06 PM
    So the consensus is that most likely this story is false. However, IF it is true, there are many implications is has. Most significantly, it shows that anybody, democrat or republican, could have tampered with election data significantly enough to alter the outcome of the election. Secondly, it would imply that Romney won the election, and we will have a president that we did not vote into office.
    I doubt there's truth to it, but it's significant if there is.
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    twelve25 , November 21, 2012 5:07 PM
    So now we know where that 300 million that Karl Rove blew went. He built an evil voting machine. But just like in the movies, the bad guy always seems to have incompetent minions running the show.
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    bllue , November 21, 2012 5:12 PM
    Well if it's true I want them to come out with evidence already so we can see Karl Rove and his gang tried.
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    burmese_dude , November 21, 2012 5:12 PM
    Government needs to look into this claim whether serious investigation is warranted...

    Ted Steven, who claimed internet is a like "a series of tubes," cannot be assigned as he's passed. If he were alive, he would say... tubes were cut to make hole to hack the internet.
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    tburns1 , November 21, 2012 5:34 PM
    Unholy trinity --> George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Karl Rove! I never trusted the latter. Ever. If this is true, let's fry him!
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    davewolfgang , November 21, 2012 5:46 PM
    It's funny.....there were ZERO reports of any Obama votes automatically changing to Romney.

    But PLENTY the other way.

    So are we to assume that Anon "stopped" the one, but let the other side cheat? And I wouldn't grant that kind of smarts to Rove any day or time of the day, week, month, year, decade, century.....etc.
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    C00lIT , November 21, 2012 6:36 PM
    Bush has entertained the world for so many years... Can't comment on the above story but seeing bush in power of the "world leading nation" for so many years just shows how much USA democracy is a total farce...
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    boogalooelectric , November 21, 2012 6:51 PM
    davewolfgangIt's funny.....there were ZERO reports of any Obama votes automatically changing to Romney.But PLENTY the other way. So are we to assume that Anon "stopped" the one, but let the other side cheat? And I wouldn't grant that kind of smarts to Rove any day or time of the day, week, month, year, decade, century.....etc.



    I guess its all where you look, I have seen You Tube videos showing Obama votes being changed to Romney.
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