Anonymous Supposedly Helped Keep Presidental Election Fair

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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  • Efrayim
    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?
  • JonnyDough
    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.
  • will1220
    This story is bullshit and obviously not true

    Its an alltime low for tomshardware news
  • DjEaZy
    ... thumbs up... fairness must be helped... if this is true, a lawsuit is do...
  • senkasaw
    ...riiiight. Okay Anonymous, thank you for saving the world. *going back to work*
  • littleleo
    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.
  • Devoteicon
    cool story bro
  • jazz84
    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.
  • MrHanMan
    Pics or it didn't happen
  • p4nz3rm4d
    JonnyDoughCan 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.
    Thats 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.