In response to Doug Craig’s misleading information regarding INTERNET VOTING

By  | April 14, 2018 | 15 Comments | Filed under: THE DANGERS OF ELECTRONIC VOTING

Wow! City Website ‘hack’ Overblown?

Funny how a Cybersecurity professional from London Ontario had to go to the Press and reveal that the City of Cambridge had their website ‘hacked’ on February 11, 2018.
 Had that not occurred, the residents of this city would have been left in the dark about such an incident.
Mayor Craig likes to downplay it and say the website was not ‘hacked.’  Is this implying that the Cybersecurity expert does not know what he is talking about here?
 I don’t think so, since it was also revealed that there were many other websites that were involved in the ‘hack’ on February 11.
 Or were all the other websites ‘hacked’ and the City Website wasn’t?
There seems to be some misleading information here from what I have read regarding this situation.
I think maybe the Mayor is trying to spread the fear here because he wants to assure residents that Cyber-safety is always top of mind.
 
 There is no way that Mayor Craig or any IT individual can guarantee beyond a reasonable doubt the internet is 100% secure.
 
With that in mind..think about why Mayor Craig is giving residents this false sense of security…
It’s election time and by saying that cyber-safety is always top of mind it is trying to give the public confidence in using online voting as a means to exercise your Democratic right on October 22.
He also states in his remarks that internet voting is about making it easier for a higher number of residents including the elderly or disabled to participate in the democratic process.
Can that be proven to us?  And if so, just exactly how can you prove that this statement is true?
Terry McAllister
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15 Responses to In response to Doug Craig’s misleading information regarding INTERNET VOTING

  1. kefran@bell.net'
    Reader April 14, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Very good point made here by Terry..anyone want to comment further

  2. kefran@bell.net'
    The Facts April 14, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Just a note to anyone that reads this article..On Tuesday April 17 the Chief Information Officer for the City of Cambridge (also known as the City IT Specialist) is going to make a presentation: An Overview of Internet Security at the City of Cambridge..Will he say that the City website was not hacked?
    Funny thing I have the Newspaper Article from the Cambridge Times and on page 6 of February 20, 2018 Cambridge Times Article says: City of Cambridge Website Hijacked by Cryptocurrency Miners….now does that mean the website was ‘hacked’…nope…our Mayor states that the website was not hacked…hmm somewhere I think there is fake news….

  3. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Learning April 14, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    For crying out loud – the Mayor has trouble enough running Cambridge properly & all of a sudden he is a computer expert – I don’t think so.
    He just did not like being told that Internet voting is hackable – cheatable – a person can use another’s vote – one vote put in – can be changed – etc. etc. – such as was very possible in the 2014 Election – hmmmmmmm
    Now a City employee is going to talk up Internet voting after hearing what the Professional from London had to say – very interesting.
    So listen to the Professional on the Mar.27th Council video then attend Apr. 17th & hear the City’s view point of all this. Should be most interesting!!

  4. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann April 15, 2018 at 9:02 am

    The real question after so much info on hacking is; Why is Doug pushing so hard for internet voting? Put the polling stations back in the seniors homes like the Feds and Province do, because seniors vote. Restore the number of locations for paper ballots. I have to credit the council members that were willing to allow Alex to speak. Now that info must be used to return to paper ballots plain and simple except for Donna Reid that seems to support Doug no matter if it is right or wrong.
    If there is any chance of vote manipulation, I have to wonder if Doug would be willing to do it? The huge multiplex issue still is on the burner and we know where it is being pushed to.
    Losing control of an election is not an option so free thinking council members will be grilled.

    Perhaps some council members will see truth has been on the short end of the stick for some time.

  5. kefran@bell.net'
    The Facts April 15, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I really don’t think Council member will be willing to be open to what Mr. Essex had to say. Yes there will be three and possibly four members of Council that you would call free thinkers and they do not vote for what staff recommends but rather listen and come to their own conclusions as to what is the right way to vote in any situation.
    It was deplorable the way Aleksander Essex was treated when he came to City Hall after a concerned Citizen asked him to speak before Council. What happened after he left Council Chambers was childish and something that Mayor Craig and this Council should be ashamed of themselves. If you were that adamant about what he had to say maybe it could have been done in a more adult and mature manner…

  6. kefran@me.com'
    The Facts April 15, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Seems to me that Mayor Craig wants to have Council Members vote the way he wants them do and do what he wants them to. There are members that sit on Council that are free thinkers and there are some that do just what they are told.
    The night that Aleksander Essex came before Council is one example of just how Mayor Craig does not like to be challenged.

  7. kefran@bell.net'
    Reader April 15, 2018 at 11:30 am

    well there sure are some good points being made here

  8. svbenjamin.1956@gmail.com'
    Vincent Benjamin April 15, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    This very shows how out of touch Wasteful Spending Doug Craig truly is. Doug Craig just “CAN NOT” be trusted to act in the best interest of the residents of Cambridge. For that fact, I would NOT recommend him for mayor

  9. kefran@bell.net'
    Cautious April 16, 2018 at 9:52 am

    The residents of Cambridge need to be in attendance at this meeting tomorrow to see just how the Chief Information Officer wants to blindside us into thinking that the internet is safe and that the City website is safe.
    To me thats like saying you are completely safe when you go for a drive in your car. We all know that we are not 100% safe no matter what but every time we get into our car we hope we are safe.
    The internet is the same way. Every time we use it we hope nothing is comprised but it can be.
    So take heed…nothing is safe no matter what they say.

  10. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Learning April 17, 2018 at 10:01 am

    People – view the Alexsander Nesser Video on Internet voting/hacking Mar.27.
    He knows what he is talking about.
    And then go to Council tonight & listen to the dribble on this by a City Staff member.
    Then decide who knows what they are talking about & who the City staffer is being paid by.
    You decide & vote accordingly in our Oct. Election.
    Paper ballots only. Beware of the online voting.

  11. kefran@bell.net'
    Cautious April 17, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I can see this whole thing playing out tonight.
    The Chief Information Officer will get up and present whatever he is going to say to Council and discredit Aleksander Essex as much as possible.
    If Aleksander had not gone to the press about the ‘breach’ or ‘hack’ or the ‘non-hack’ as Mayor Craig wants us to believe residents of the City would have never known what happened.
    Funny how an outsider had to get the press involved.
    What is this City trying to hide?
    Does this City want to keep all the residents in the dark?
    Do the residents not have the right to know about things such as this?
    Seems some members at City Hall don’t want us to know!!

  12. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann April 18, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Too bad the mayor doesn’t touch on all issues Alex spoke about, only the ones he chose. Can anyone believe the mayor? This is damage control in your favor to only mention your side and not the full story. Maybe Doug should mention why the Feds and Province will only use paper ballots but wait….that would explain too much wouldn’t it. The mayor has to have online voting, he just has to. As a history buff, I see this kind of stuff throughout the years. I recall the Jonestown situation, drink this it’s good for you. The March video where the mayor was caught says it all. Another nail in the coffin to council members that allow online voting issues. No confidence in a fair election will haunt them on election day. The Kettle is boiling in ward 5 and here in Preston. Funny how some members get used as pawns. Finally, do you want more years of Wynne’s government? Ask business people, ask the middle class taxpayer, ask your spouse. Forget about the numerous scandals in the billions, the billion per month in interest debt, the lies about the gas plant and e-mail bleaching’s, Trust them they tell us. They want us on the turnip truck. Remember….it is all about Galt, Galt, Galt. Preston and Hespeler will keep paying for Galt’s pet projects if things stay the same. Just look at the history. Have a nice day.

  13. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Danny A April 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    l have had dealings with the mayor on several issues and have not been impressed by his comments. I then spoke to Mr. Dyke and was even less impressed. My reaction to a lack of assistance was to move my business to Kitchener and do not regret my move. lt’s much easier to work with Kitchener than Cambridge. Too bad for everyone.

  14. kefran@bell.net'
    Cautious April 18, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Well Danny I know exactly what you mean with Mayor Craig and Dyke…It’s my way or the highway and they don’t care!! Its too bad we lost your business to Kitchener

  15. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Beenthere April 18, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry Danny – know what you mean. Craig would rather build hi-rises than bring jobs to Cambridge.
    And Mr. Dyke is just a puppet for Craig.
    Or spend Millions on an Old Post Office. No jobs there for that amount of investment.
    He only knows how to build bridges to “Nowhere”!!!
    Good luck in Kitchener.

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