HACKERS believed to be working for the Tea Party are making sure that their moose hunting icon's daughter wins a reality TV show dance competition.
The right wing hackers apparently want to make sure that Bristol Palin, the daughter of half-term governor of Alaska and losing US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, wins "Dancing with the Stars" despite the fact that she is really useless.
While the show's judges have panned her performance, audience voting has managed to keep her in and that is where the Tea Party's hacking skills have come in useful.
The campaign apparently includes exploitation of a hole in ABC's e-mail voting. The system allows voters to register an infinite number of email addresses and vote. The e-mail addresses are never validated.
Of course a thing like that can be automated, but some of the less technically adept have been just sitting at their computers voting repeatedly by hand.
The New York Daily News quoted the show's executive producer, Conrad Green, that multiple e-mailed votes would be wiped out if they came from the same IP address but he failed to explain how.
The obvious embarrassment to the show is leading ABC to consider changing its voting system to give more weight to the judges' assessment and less weight to the voice of the people. Well, the voice of hackers working for a right wing pressure group.
However the television network doesn't really care. The higher number of votes received indicates that the show is important in the ratings, and that TV watchers have an incredibly low standards of what will entertain them.
If the voting was so unfair that it drove away viewers then chances are that it would be changed, but who really cares?
The Tea Party wants Bristol Palin to win because they think it will show that her mother, who lost as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008 and is widely seen as costing the party the elections, was really a winner too.
And as long as Bristol is on the telly, the media is all talking about the Tea Party and not calling them things like "warmongering racists" which is a good thing, apparently.
Of course if they fall for that, the viewing public might end up voting for Bristol rather than her mum in the next elections. µ
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