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WATCH: What Happened To HBO’s Series On Election Hacking?


Did any of you know about this?

Apparently, HBO had a series highlighting exactly the type of thing that went on in the 2020 elections, but they hid the documentary according to sources.

Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections, was featured in several high profile magazines and on sites prior to its release date in order to generate some publicity, but I have never heard of it until now.

I guess HBO did an excellent job in hiding this documentary.

I wonder how much HBO talking heads like Bill Maher know about this, and if they were aware of this sensitive information way before anyone else was.

Here is what we could dig up on Kill Chain:

Politico mentions the documentary series as early as March 2020:

HBO on March 26 debuts an election security documentary, “KIll Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections,” from the same team behind the 2006 Emmy-nominated doc “Hacking Democracy.” It revisits some of the previous film’s characters, namely the protagonist Harri Hursti, the Finnish election security expert who co-founded the DEF CON Voting Village.

For readers of this space, many of the lessons and events of “Kill Chain” will be familiar, if no less alarming: the VR Systems hack, the myth that voting machines aren’t connected to the internet, the Senate’s inability to enact election security legislation. But the storytelling is still engaging: Hursti is a more compelling figure than your MC host knew; for example, getting local press for his computer skills at age 13 and helping the Finnish government on a mysterious project he wouldn’t discuss.

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Here is the description of the series on the HBO website:

In advance of the 2020 Presidential Election, Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections takes a deep dive into the weaknesses of today’s election technology, an issue that is little understood by the public or even lawmakers.

From directors Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Sarah Teale, the team behind HBO’s 2006 Emmy-nominated documentary Hacking Democracy, Kill Chain again follows Finnish hacker and cyber security expert Harri Hursti as he travels across the U.S. and around the world to show how our election systems remain unprotected, with very little accountability or transparency. Hursti’s eye-opening journey is supplemented by candid interviews with key figures in the election security community, as well as cyber experts and U.S. senators from both parties who are fighting to secure the integrity of the vote before November 2020.

As the film shows, individuals, foreign states and other bad actors can employ a myriad of techniques to gain access to voting systems at any stage – from voter registration databases to actual election results.

Through this lens, seemingly unrelated or uncoordinated security breaches of the recent past can be seen as part of a “kill chain” – a military doctrine to plot meticulous, long-game attacks, understanding that breaking down trust in voting results is the surest way to undermine democracy. As enlightening as it is disturbing, Kill Chain underscores the fragility of our election process and points to the clear solutions available to protect us against sabotage.


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