I saw this Morning News story last night right before putting on my Scrooge jammies and nightcap and going to bed. Quick sum up:
Russian hackers took aim at Dallas County’s Web servers, possibly trying to access voter registration rolls, before the November presidential election, officials said Wednesday.
“They didn’t infiltrate our system,” said Toni Pippins-Poole, the county’s elections administrator. “They couldn’t get in.”
I threw up a gut-reaction joke tweet, but I was still thinking about it this morning. They couldn’t get in — really?
In Dallas, where less than three months ago someone hacked the entire emergency warning siren system without even using a computer? You are telling me — and I am addressing Toni Pippins-Poole here, not the story’s writer — that Russian hackers couldn’t get into a web server in Dallas County, where I would 100-percent believe whatever archaic sub-Commodore 64 system you told me they were using? Like, if you texted me a photo of a circa-1996 Dell plugged into an overloaded power strip that was plugged into another overloaded power strip in some dank corner of a janitor closet and it was literally sparking and said this is the server, I wouldn’t question it for even a fraction of a second and would just write back lol of course and maybe a crying laughing emoji.
Here, in Dallas County, where almost nothing works the way it is supposed to and hasn’t for some time, you are telling me Russian hackers could not infiltrate a web server? For real? I … guess.