Voting fraud is a huge concern in this year’s upcoming presidential election. While the use of mail-in ballots is under intense scrutiny, but there are other factors that come in to play.
During the 2016 election cycle, Russian hackers made every attempt to infiltrate our government’s system in efforts to skew the voting count. But not all of the hackers were located in Russia.
Some of the hackers were tucked away in remote locations around the world making it more difficult to find them and flush them out. Social media outlets became a playground for spreading propaganda, and in many cases, people swallowed the bait hook, line, and sinker.
Whether these hackers were pro-Trump or not, made no difference. Even the people hiring these hackers disagreed on who they thought should win the election. This, of course, caused widespread confusion as people began struggling with what they should believe, or more importantly, what they should discard as being non-factual.
Now that this year’s election date is drawing close, things have not changed one single bit. The hackers are at it again, and we as American citizens must once again decipher fact from fiction.
A recent security breach of Twitter accounts put us back in discernment mode. The accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and other high-ranking political figures were hacked. The hacks were discovered quickly, but it taught us how we are just as vulnerable to this type of activity as we were four years ago.
Government officials do not take these attempts lightly. They have fortified online voter registration systems and have helped states replace antiquated voter machines with systems that leave no paper trail. But just as our government has toiled endlessly to put an end to the disruption of voter fraud and propaganda outlets, hackers have been working equally as hard.
After all, hacking is the livelihood of these keyboard warriors who are being paid by whichever government or individual they are working for at the time, and they couldn’t care less about which country is lining their pockets, so long as they continue to do so. And some of them are very good at what they do.
The hack on Twitter’s infrastructure proved one thing. Despite combative behind the scenes attempts at building walls of anti-hacking protection, it’s never good enough. It served as a warning that critical and persuasive information meant to reduce voter turnout or rearrange the thought patterns of voters into voting for the opposite candidate they had intended to, remains a viable threat.
The Twitter hack was designed to lead people into believing that Obama and Biden were soliciting tips from Bitcoin. They were partly successful as they watched $120,000 flow into their cryptocurrency accounts by way of redirecting where the funds went. Obama nor Biden ever saw any of the loot.
Just because they chose these two political targets this time around, does not mean they could not just as easily target the Trump administration, which is bound to happen. Once again, it all depends on who is paying them. They have no loyalty whatsoever.
The term “buyer beware” generally applies to retail outlets, private sales, and these types of transactions. A more appropriate term with concern to the upcoming election could very well be “voter beware.” Be very cautious about the information you absorb, and information that is so far-fetched and non-sensical, it should be dismissed as belonging in the category of phony.
Imagine if hackers went for something as ludicrous as “Trump Drops out of Election,” being blasted over social media accounts. It would trigger a nightmarish reaction which would further fuel the animosity between the right and the left. Chaos would ensue. And the last thing America needs right now is more chaos.
All any of us can do at this point is to go with our gut. If something seems a little far-fetched, it’s probably because it is. If anything appears totally unbelievable, do yourself a favor, and don’t believe it.
If anyone taking the time to read this article has fallen victim to the spread of hacker’s disinformation, we’d like to know about it, so fill us in if you would be so kind as to do so. And by all means, be careful out there. Discernment is key.