Voting in the most fiercely contested poll of the year (Brex who?) has had to be suspended, when the poll was hacked. IP address searches by our experts tracking the hackers indicate Kinsaleish area involvement. Known skilled IT types with anti-Myrtlevillian grudges are suspected – primarily Eoin “Flash Trader” O’Riordan.
Right up there on the list of good advice with “never get into a land war in South East Asia” is now “never run an online poll”. Having possibly encouraged multiple voting in a few polls in the past (thanks for that ILDSA award, by the way), we had expected some attempts at same on this poll and had guarded against it.
The shock came when the poll was hacked and a spurious “third candidate” inserted as an option – Towelly McTowelface. Here’s the poll online before our crack team of anti-hackers sprang into action and asked someone who knew what they were doing to fix it.
Hacked poll with spurious third candidate.
Seriously, though – it’s not even original. Must try harder,
Eoin unidentified hackers. Here’s a close-up of the “candidate”.
We are now recounting the thousands of votes cast in the poll, to clarify the voting position prior to the hacking. Tallymen indicate a blue win, but final results are not yet to hand.
We will be in a position to report on the result we want – as opposed to the actual result, if necessary – after multiple recounts, analysis of hanging chads and querying of the accuracy of the e-Voting machines. Sometime in 2017, I’d say. Maybe.