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'Block the Vote' Tactics Go Online This Election
Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 28 October 2008 12:34

 Electronic Privacy Information Center predicts potential for spoofed Websites, fake VOIP call blasts, phishing, and DOS - to suppress voters

Oct 22, 2008 | 07:45 AM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins

Voter suppression and deception tactics could go online in the final days or hours of this hotly contested Presidential election season -- including spoofing voting and campaign Websites, fake voice-call blasts via VOIP, phishing, and denial-of-service attacks on legitimate polling Websites -- according to a new report released this week.

There already have been online attempts to disrupt the election activity of specific blocks of voters, according to the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s (EPIC) E-Deceptive Campaign Practices Report. Phony emails were sent to Florida voters stating that they would be unable to vote if their ID didn’t match a state database; robo-calls went to women voters in North Carolina with false information about their voter registration status; and fake emails were sent to voters in Maryland saying they would be barred from voting if their home was under foreclosure.

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