Will Anonymous Disrupt the Iowa Caucuses?
In a new video posted on their website, the hacker group Anonymous has asked its members to figure out a way to "peacefully shut down the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses." The implication, of course, is that the group will attempt to disrupt the voting process and/or mess with its results, which could throw the entire primary into chaos.
If Anonymous is able to change the tallies (something activists believe occurred in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004), what would be the fallout? Would "Barack Obama" end up the victor there? Or "Adolf Hitler"? Or would the activists go a different route, naming Jon Huntsman or Michele Bachmann — both considered the longest of longshots — Iowa's choice? And what would be their purpose?
Ron Paul's campaign isn't too concerned: "If a hacker gets in and messes it all up, we can reconstruct (the results)," Drew Ivers, chairman of Texas Rep. Ron Paul's operation, told the AP. "It would take a little while. It might take a day or two, but we can do it."
So, while a disrupted vote may cause temporary anarchy, it would ultimately serve as just another head-scratching story from a campaign that's already as bizarre as it gets.
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