Did Chinese Hackers Help Defeat Romney In 2012?


After Romney lost the 2012 election I remember reading how his campaign struggled during the election day with a faulty computer program that was central in their “get out the vote” initiative, for those interested that story is here ORCA, Mitt Romney’s high-tech get-out-the-vote program, crashed The program was code named ORCA and on election day it failed badly resulting in the Romney group pretty much flying blind during crucial periods of the day.  Contrast this with the Obama campaign’s reportedly super effective data mining operation and you can see how states that were close might have gone to Obama just because of IT.  What if this was no coincidence though?  What if the Chinese played a role in crashing Romney’s computer networks?  To be fair I have not been able to find any evidence linking the crash of ORCA and Chinese hackers but here is what we do know.  The facts are that the Chinese constantly hack US government computers, they also have been accused of hacking both the Obama and McCain campaigns in 2008,  Chinese hacked Obama, McCain campaigns, say US officials – ….   On top of all the above a recent article from Time on one of their blogs called Swampland talks about how the Romney campaign was constantly under attack by Chinese hackers, that story here The Hunt for Pufferfish.  To better understand the threat the Chinese posed to the Romney campaign and how serious the campaign took it take a look at this excerpt from the story.

“Myers set up her operation in a the third- floor office on Boston’s Commercial Street that became known as the “clean room”.  Because the Romney campaign’s servers were under continual assault by Chinese hackers, the computers in the clean room were not connected to the Internet”.

Also realizing that Romney was taking a decidedly tougher stance on China than the Obama campaign and you can quickly see how this is not out of the realm of possibilities.  Also please note I am not saying the Obama campaign had anything to do with this.

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