Use Bitcoin If You’re Going To Hack An Election

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

For decades, Latin American elections have been rigged. In the 21st century, technology has abetted the practice, resulting in the region’s dirtiest elections over the past half-decade. And, when hacking an election, Bloomberg reports, using Bitcoin is crucial. As Enrique Peña Nieto, a lawyer and a millionaire from a family of mayors and governors in Mexico celebrated the 2012 return to power of his Institutional Revolutionary Party – or PRI – it’s unclear if he knew Bitcoin had helped him steal the election. For more than seventy years the PRI ruled until its ouster 2000. During his campaign, Nieto had vowed to crack down on drug violence, corruption and promote transparency in Mexican political affairs. From Bogotá’s well-to-do Chicó Navarra, Colombian political hacker Andrés Sepúlveda watched Nieto’s victory. While Nieto publicly celebrated the win, Sepúlveda protected the campaign’s dirtiest secrets. He destroyed flash drives, hard drives, and cell phones with drills, hammers and microwaves, reports Bloomberg. He shredded documents and flushed them down the toilet. He deleted servers, located in Russia and the Ukraine, which he rented anonymously with bitcoins. He called the Peña Nieto campaign “one of the dirtiest Latin American campaigns in recent memory.” Sepúlveda, 31, claims to […]

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