The Exigent Duality
Skeptical - 12:35 CDT, 5/08/21 (Sniper)
I'm calling B.S. on the router stuff discussed in this video, with regards to the county not wanting to hand them over. I'm reserving the right to change my mind of course, as maybe I'm misunderstanding something here-- but based on the knowledge I have right now, their argument doesn't make sense.

My understanding is that the reason the auditors want the routers is to get access to the routing tables: one of the key concerns across the country was that the voting machine traffic was being redirected to out-of-country networks. The routing tables would clear that up, one way or the other.

In other words, the auditors aren't after traffic data on the routers-- they are after configuration data. The county says it can't hand over images of the router file systems because the traffic data is too sensitive-- which leads me to a second point.

Since when are routers configured to literally record all data flowing through them? Normally that's something you enable temporarily for debugging purposes-- not on a full-time, permanent basis. Wouldn't retaining traffic data with social security numbers and who-knows-what-else on network routers be an enormous security risk for crackers? Do routers even have the kind of internal storage required to house potentially terabytes of historical records?

But even if the routers really do have sensitive data on them for some bizarre reason, images could be provided where the directories containing that data are deleted, leaving only the configuration elements present.

In any event and on a totally unrelated note, I probably won't be posting much over the next several days, and definitely won't be making any videos: I'm headed to the bug out house to have contractor meetings regarding the addition project, and I'm not going to be bringing my PC with me.

I did put up a video this morning though, discussing my complains about "Agile" software development-- so everyone can enjoy that until I return to Murderapolis.