After a CYBER attack, students write literacy tests on paper – Is Cambridge Internet Voting really SAFE?

By  | April 4, 2017 | 8 Comments | Filed under: Cambridge Votin, Policies and Procedures

Is Cambridge Internet Voting as safe as we are being told? Why do they assume that the City of Cambridge is the only non hackable system? Read below as to how a cyber attack forced students to write the EQAO tests with pen and paper.  Cyber hacking is REAL. There is no auditing or verification of current internet votes? Voting privacy is easily exposed with the need for an access code attached to an email address and the IP address of the computer used.  Voting needs to go back to paper ballots to ensure security. The counting of the votes also needs to be heavily monitored and supervised and not controlled by the City Clerk. Contact your Councillor to bring forth a motion for change.

Secret vote counting – is it illegal. Counting faster is not a justification for counting secretly.

Computerized voting machines are the easiest to rig. Their software is not open to public scrutiny, or the scrutiny of Election Supervisors. There are nearly infinite ways to program the machines to count votes fraudulently. Since they are accessible by modem, they can be controlled from a remote, centralized location.

Voting machine companies operate with no oversight, certification process, standards or restrictions.

MSNBC – A 2011 article titled “It only takes $26 to hack a voting machine” states, “Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a hack that, for about $26 and an 8th-grade science education, can remotely manipulate the electronic voting machines used by millions of voters all across the U.S. The electronic hacking tool consists of a $1.29 microprocessor and a circuit board that costs about $8. Together with the $15 remote control, which enabled the researchers to modify votes from up to a half-mile away, the whole hack runs about $26.” – 9/28/2011


Students pen literacy tests after last fall’s exam cancelled by cyber attacks

Grade 10 students wrote a low-tech version of the provincial literacy test Thursday morning — using pen and paper — after a cyberattack last fall forced officials to cancel it.

The Education and Quality and Accountability Office, or EQAO, has confirmed the digital version of the test on October 20 — as part of a pilot project to move the mandatory exam online — was intentionally targeted by hackers in what’s called a sustained distributed denial of service attack.

Toronto police investigated but have not been able to track down those behind it.

The October test was shut down just hours after it began, affecting 150,000 teens. The EQAO says it is now working to improve its online security.

The agency was criticized by cybersecurity experts who said it should have been better prepared, given attacks like this — ones where sites are overloaded with “junk” traffic — are increasingly common.
At the height of the attack, 99 per cent of the traffic was not from schools or boards, but IP addresses from around the world.

While the EQAO had hoped to run the test online during its usual spring date, it later said it was safest to offer on paper only rather than risk repeating the chaos of last October.

The agency will still move ahead with a digital version of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, but does not have a timeline.

Following the recommendations of the investigations conducted by the Toronto Police Service, EQAO is working to address the necessary technical issues, security concerns and system stability requirements,” said Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.

Before the (test) moves back online, I will need to be assured by EQAO that the necessary system requirements are in place and that all security concerns have been addressed. As cyberattacks across the world are growing increasingly complex, we will continue to work collaboratively with EQAO and support their move to online assessments in a manner that prioritizes student achievement and well-being,” she said in a statement to the Star.

Some 177,000 teens wrote the test Thursday morning, as their teachers posted messages of encouragement on using social media, including one in the Grand Erie public board who tweeted pictures of tables with bowls of fruit, juice and water saying “Good luck in the #OSSLT everyone! We’ve got your nutritional needs covered!”

Another said “Keep calm and pass the OSSLT.”

During last fall’s cyberattack, almost 12,000 students were able to successfully finish the test before it was shut down, and they were exempt from writing the paper test.

Students must pass the test in order to graduate.



8 Responses to After a CYBER attack, students write literacy tests on paper – Is Cambridge Internet Voting really SAFE?

    Maggie Smith April 4, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Wow – this just proves time for only paper ballots – preferably RANKED VOTING.

    It is time, but probably our Mayor is afraid to institute this for 2018. Needs to be done so yes call – email your Councillor.

    I can’t, as my Councillor only does what Craig tells her to do, so will have to depend on the others being smart and put RANKED VOTING in for 2018.
    No more Online & quit closing polls on Seniors and trying to confuse honest voters.
    Great article & just proves the hacking of Online voting.

    How much proof does our Mayor & Councillors need. Of course they don’t work on facts – just wants….

  2. Debbie Duff Vitez April 4, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    Trust me Maggie, he knows dam well about the pros and cons of electronic voting.. Why do you think he’s still in office?

  3. Debbie Duff Vitez April 5, 2017 at 12:33 am


    The counting of the votes also needs to be heavily monitored and supervised and not controlled by the City Clerk.

    Contact your Councillor to bring forth a motion for change.

    Tom Vann April 5, 2017 at 6:12 am

    A true politician can lie to your face and not flinch. It wasn’t my fault, I was not was my car, 401 multiplex, I’m going to China for jobs, the theater was only 6 million. These people must have a standing weekly booking with the Pope to have confession. I have a contact in London on how the mayor got tossed. I am not able to expose downtown on car windows at the mall now. Someone must be a campaign donator. I saw a picture of Karl and Dougie when we lost the sports bid. Those officials in control cost us the games and they are to blame for the failure. No legacy today. I am writing a book on corruption at city levels. It should come to fruit before the election or sooner. Of course I’m kidding. I am working on a gun for our forces that can hit people in the back around corners as well. Oh wait, there already is one. Enjoy happy people of OZ.

    r k April 5, 2017 at 7:10 am

    We need the old ‘paper’ ballots where you can actually tell how many votes there are.
    The Engage Cambridge Survey and the results that were printed on the Agenda is one reason…
    The totals didn’t even match because I printed off both sets of totals….SO how did it change??? Seems one had the ‘balls’ to challenge me on that when I was on the podium…


    r k April 5, 2017 at 7:29 am

    We need to get the people out to vote…We need to make the residents of this City aware how CORRUPT officials are at City Hall.

    We need to make sure the people understand that our ELECTED OFFICIALS work on our behalf and just bowing down and giving in to the MAYOR because he says so is not good enough….We need elected officials that will consider the BEST INTERESTS OF THE ELECTORATE and not be pressured by what the MAYOR thinks is best!!!

    If you think your present Councillor is a SPINELESS WONDER vote them out in 2018!!!!

    Gloria April 5, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    If internet voting is so secure in Cambridge, I challenge the Clerk to prove it by offering hackers an opportunity to hack with no penalty during a specif period of time and with “test” data. They won’t take the challenge cause they know it is too easily hackable…and perhaps a hacker might find some inside programming that changes the votes or doubles them for a particular person. With no validation, one can never know what is being done. That is why paper ballots need to come back and a public counting of the ballots…perhaps even under surveillance.

    If these requests are denied, then they are admitting that they are dishonest with what they are doing.

    Tom Vann April 7, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    These guys are killing the system that worked. More like murder to the right of the people. Dyke must go with Craig in tow. So hard to think of all those that died and that are dying for freedom. Death to democracy. Just came up with a name for my ice cream stand this summer. Dykie Dee. I liked the post Vann for mayor. Several options for sure. Maybe I’II just run against Price again. The deal of a term off is over. Kills me to watch the Mr. Rogers show downtown.

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