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SPAM used to sway UK Tax election outcome

It is alleged that Goldman Sachs did this in London:

The Robinhood Tax campaign claimed that one of the two computers used to spam the Internet poll with “no” votes on Thursday, belonged to the investment bank.

Technical staff for the Robinhoodtax.org.uk said that the website registered more than 4,600 negative votes over a 20-minute period starting at 3.41pm.

The number of “no” votes jumped from 1,400 to 6000 before the site’s security was tightened.

I wrote about this possibility — although using a different technique to simply change public opinion — back in 2008 for the US presidential elections.

Breaking Prison InfoSec Controls

There is a debate in the UK whether prisoners should have the right to internet access, including social media sites like Facebook. From that debate comes the following way around normal prison internet security controls:

British prisoners are banned from using social networking sites like Facebook. Britain — unlike many European countries — bars almost all inmates from access to the Internet, except for educational purposes under supervision. But authorities acknowledge that some have used smuggled mobile phones to update their pages, or have gotten friends on the outside to do it for them.

This obviously works at almost any corporate entity too.