Cyber Attack at City Hall ( how safe is the Cambridge 2018 Municipal Election?)

By  | February 18, 2018 | 9 Comments | Filed under: THE DANGERS OF ELECTRONIC VOTING
 
Attention;
Mayor Doug Craig, Gary Dyke, Michael DuLillo, Councillor Donna Reid, Councillor, Mike Devine, Councillor Mike Mann, Councillor Jan Liggett, Councillor, Pam Wolf, Councillor Shannon Adshade, Councillor Frank Monterio, Councillor Nicholas Ermetta and Cambridge Council

I read the article that appeared on February 15, 2018 and titled Global Cyber Attack Hit Municipal Website.’

 

I understand that this attack was a worldwide and that it not only attacked the City of Cambridge Website but many others.  Reading further it was revealed in the article that ‘a weak security link got exploited for the duration of each visit,’  How many ‘visitors’ were there to the City of Cambridge Website, well it has been stated there were an estimated 474 visitors. Now is that just an ‘estimate ‘ or is that figure accurate?

Mr. George Georgiadis states that no information has been stolen from the users that visited the City Website between the hours of 6:14 am and 10:20 and he has been told that by Browsealoud.

 

It is also interesting to note that Aleksander Essex, a cybersecurity expert at Western University said the hack is worrisome because it shows how easily Municipal websites can be compromised.  This is a valid point of concern since the City of Cambridge has opted to give the residents of the city the ability to vote online instead of utilizing paper ballots and going to a polling station.  Yes Mr. Georgiadis has stated that ‘If there’s a high risk, we (The City of Cambridge) won’t go with online voting.  May I ask how you would know if there is a high risk?  And how would the resident know if he was to run out to a polling station to cast his ballot?

 

 

The City of Toronto which has a much larger population compared to the City of Cambridge has chosen to stay with paper ballots because after studying the problem they concluded that threats to the cybersecurity side of things were too great and are not taking that risk.  Smart move on their conclusions.

 

 

Yes the City of Cambridge used online voting in 2104 without any ‘known’ problems, but in reality how can Mr. Georgiadis say with confidence that the City of Cambridge will use a ‘qualified third party provider to ensure secure online voting in October?’  Will the City of Cambridge also consider ‘penetration testing’ which essentially would be hiring others to test the security of the third party by trying to hack it?

 

 

To conclude I will quote Mr. Essex one more time:  ‘Municipalities should fundamentally understand what the limitations of today’s internet truly are because guess what, it is not unhackable because these cities (including Cambridge) did get hacked and moving from that to vote stealing is a one step move.

 

Last April, I was a delegate before Council and I spoke about my concerns of online voting and of a possibility of that we could be open to hacking.

One Councillor said that they didn’t think Putin would be interested in hacking our election.  No Mr. Putin may not be interested in ‘hacking’ our election, but the point that has now come to the attention of the public is the fact that if a City Website can be hacked online voting can be hacked too.

 

Maybe we should have invited Aleksander Essex to that Council meeting and he could have explained exactly how this can happen to our democratic right.  Maybe Mr Essex could have enlightened Council to seriously look at the security risk to online voting.  Mr. Essex spoke to Guelph Council and they voted not to allow online voting for the 2018 vote.

 

Is it too late to go back to the ‘tried and true’ method of paper ballots and Polling Stations for the vote in October.  Do we not want to know without a doubt that the vote that has been cast is the vote that went to the proper candidate?

 

Respectfully,

 

(Mrs.) Rande Keffer

 

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9 Responses to Cyber Attack at City Hall ( how safe is the Cambridge 2018 Municipal Election?)

  1. Debbie Duff Vitez February 18, 2018 at 10:19 am

    The question should be.

    WHY ARE THEY SO INSISTENT ON INTERNET VOTING?..

    When it’s been proven over and over again to be

    UNSAFE/AND EASY TO HACK.. do they know something the voting public doesn’t know?

    GIVE US THE SAME ELECTION THE PROVINCE IS GOING TO GIVE US IN JUNE 2018..

    It’s our Democratic right to have a fair and honest election.. and our ballots counted by hand and delivered to city hall within the legal time frame.. NOT 2 hours after the polls close!!

    ARE YOU WOKE YET CAMBRIDGE?

  2. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie February 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Yes Cambridge wake up to what is going on in your City & your Election.

    Read the articles on internet voting. Proven to be vote re-directed!!

    And why does our Mayor not want PAPER BALLOT VOTING????
    ? Wonder why???? There were several Presentations against Internet Voting -but they were ignored as usual!

    Open up all the Polling Stations he closed last election. Fix the confusion of the last Election. And let’s do the 2018 ELECTION right & fair & honest!

    If the Province is doing paper & Toronto & other big cities, why is this small community doing hackable Internet?? Why? Why? You need to know why!!!$$$$

    YES CAMBRIDGE YOU NEED TO WAKE UP TO WHAT IS GOING ON WITH OUR VOTING SYSTEM!!

    ONLY VOTE PAPER BALLOTS if you want your vote to go to your choice and not elsewhere!

  3. kefran@bell.net'
    CAMBRIDGE CITIZEN February 18, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Maybe this will convince our members of Council that the decision they made last April was not a wise one?? Hmm I wonder???

    The people of this City need to take a stand on this…It is our DEMOCRATIC RIGHT TO VOTE and we need to be assured beyond a doubt that the CANDIDATE THAT WE VOTE FOR IS THE CANDIDATE THAT GETS THE VOTE!! How do we do that you ask???

    EMAIL YOUR COUNCILLOR AND TELL THEM YOU DO NOT WANT ELECTRONIC VOTING IN 2018!!!

  4. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Citizen February 19, 2018 at 10:46 am

    If you do not know who your Councillor is or their email – everyone gets an Activities Guide delivered to their door. It is all in there. Use it. You are paying for it.
    EMAIL YOUR COUNCILLOR TODAY OR ALL OF THEM SO THEY CANNOT IGNORE IT and demand paper ballot voting back & to open up ALL the polling stations they closed in 2014 creating a mess & a lot of people were sent to the wrong one!
    Get out & use your voting privilege that our soldiers fought for.
    Use it or lose it!!!$$

  5. kefran@bell.net'
    T J T February 19, 2018 at 11:24 am

    Now that it has been proven that the City Website has been ‘HACKED’ do you really TRUST an ONLINE Voting System to cast your BALLOT in OCTOBER??

    LOBBY YOUR COUNCILLOR..if you do not know who your COUNCILLOR is CALL CITY HALL AND ASK!!!
    Ensure your DEMOCRATIC RIGHT is UPHELD in October by GOING BACK TO PAPER BALLOTS AND POLLING STATIONS!!!

    IT’S NOT TOO LATE IF WE ALL LET CITY HALL, THE MAYOR, AND OUR COUNCIL KNOW THAT THE ONLY WAY TO ENSURE OUR VOTE IS CAST PROPERLY IS TO GO BACK TO PAPER BALLOT AND POLLING STATIONS IN OCTOBER!!!

    One has to just ask why is the CITY OF TORONTO and the CITY OF GUELPH not going to use ELECTRONIC VOTING
    in October…DO THEY KNOW MORE THAN OUR CITY OFFICIALS DO??
    If these cities are rejecting ELECTRONIC VOTING what does that tell us???

  6. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Rick Moser February 21, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    l would like to see paper ballots in place for sure. This Russian stuff and hacking is everywhere. Security is a must. l now am behind paper.

    • kefran@bell.net'
      Quick Draw February 25, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      Mr. Moser: Please send and email to your Councillor and to the Mayor and let them know how you feel about this subject.
      There is still time for this Council to change their mind on online voting.
      Get the word out..tell your friends.

      Together we can make a change!!

  7. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Citizen February 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Yes PAPER BALLOTS for sure. Too much hacking & FIXING a vote direction.
    I invite you & everyone else to email or phone their Councillor & the Mayor & tell them you want paper ballots.
    Everyone this week received a new Activities Guide in which are all the Councillors Emails & the Mayors & phone numbers. This is your right to do so!
    Do not just send it to one – but several – or it could be ignored.
    We need a fair & honest 2018 Election.

  8. Leskadar@rogers.com'
    Les Kadar February 26, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    As long as there is not one single company stating that their system is NOT subject to being hacked, no electronic system should be used.

    The electoral process is vital to a democracy as flawed as it may be.

    Knowing full well that it can be hacked, is irresponsible.

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