With all the loose talk of hacking the 2016 election making the rounds in the media (not to mention the more feverish swamps of the American left), there was bound to be some evidence that turned up about it–especially since that whole KOMPROMAT thing on Donald Trump didn’t pan out. Well, lo and behold, the media hacks might finally have some real hacking to investigate! The bad news is that it doesn’t look like the Russians were coming, but instead it was. . .the Department of Homeland Security?
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials tried to hack Indiana’s state electoral system with at least 14,800 “scans” or hits between Nov. 1, 2016, to Dec. 16, 2016, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted then-President Barack Obama’s attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as “critical infrastructure” for national security.
Yes, you read that right. After Indiana told DHS secretary Jeh Johnson to take a hike, it seems his agency took it upon itself to hack the bejeebers out of the state’s election system. But like an bumbling Blofeld leading a low-rent version of SPECTRE, they just couldn’t quite get the job done:
[Indiana Secretary of State Connie] Lawson said despite the scale of the scans, the DHS efforts to attack its election system was unsuccessful. “Our voter registration system was not penetrated.”
When they make this one into a movie, I’m hoping they get Jim Varney to play Johnson.
Whether the hack was an attempt to embarass Mike Pence, who was Indiana’s governor at the time, or whether it was a scare tactic to get Lawson to go along with DHS’s power grab, is anybody’s guess. But what stands out even more than the brutishness of the attack is the utter incompetence of its execution. Not only did DHS fail to break in, they left all kinds of evidence that led straight back to them. Haven’t these guys ever heard of a VPN?
On the bright side, if you’re worried about an all-powerful deep state that controls everything, everywhere, you can relax. These dudes aren’t exactly James Bond caliber. On the other hand, maybe if they hired some Russians…