ConCalls: Computer Science

Having a background in computers helps someone understand the RoboCon details much faster. The calls were made in large part through computer technology. When the Elections Act was created, it wasn’t possible to do robocalling, and the potential for misuse of it wasn’t considered. Fortunately, other parts of the act still make it a crime to use robocalling in many unethical ways it was used last year in the general election.

Zorpheus explains why he’s come to the conclusion that someone is either framing Andrew Prescott, or he’s directly involved in the Guelph robocalls that caught the wave of news following Postmedia’s article in late February 2012. Keeping in mind that CIMS is password protected, someone would have had to have obtained Prescott’s password to download phone number lists under his identity. Since there are no charges known yet, it would appear that the Rogers campaign IP address in the production order was not used at a private residence (as that would keenly narrow down the potential identity of Poutine).

I was extremely disappointed to hear in early March 2012 that Elections Canada had not yet asked for the backup of CIMS from last year around election time. One media report states that the version of CIMS apparently used for the Guelph robocalls was from April 27, 2011. A backup from that time would be very useful to investigators. I can only guess that the reason there are no charges being laid to this point is because the Postmedia source that said logs had been removed, was accurate. The CPC deny there are missing logs, but if they are not missing, why haven’t investigators obtained the identity of Pierre Poutine that way, and pressed charges? As Zorph mentioned, the missing log files implicate at least one other person, with high level system permissions and computer knowledge, who will one day face an Obstruction of Justice charge for tampering with evidence.

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15 responses to “ConCalls: Computer Science

  1. You got the new contact information for Brian, his new twitter feed and such? PM it me or email to at zorpheous at scubaq DOT ca.

    Also do have a supporting link to the claim that the rogers IP address belongs to private residence. I may have read to much into the connection between IP and Burke campaign and would like to clarify this point.

    Still in the end, either someone is going to great lengths to frame Prescott or Prescott is directly or closely involved.

    Also WordsSmith pointed out that these type of calls are setup days in advance, therefore it is still possible for Sona to be involved. I guess it depends on the time frames when the Poutine and Prescott Rack-9 accounts were access. Thoughts?

    • I don’t claim it was at a private residence, only that it hasn’t been ruled out given the evidence I’ve seen, yet.

      The 4 minute gap means, given whatever the size of the campaign office, if it was at an office, that Prescott would be able to identify who else would have had access to his computer just after he did. (Or, which access came first, was it the legit contact with RackNine, or the Poutine access, in which case, who had access just before he got online?)

      Anyway, I’m tired of EC’s delay in pressing charges when they should have enough evidence gathered after 370 days. It shouldn’t have taken two months.

      • Ya, you are right on that point about the IP addy being linked or not linked to the Burke Campaign office. Got word from some one who is very close to the investigation that the IP has not been directly link to Burke Campaign office. This individual seemed to agree with the rest of the analysis.

        As for Elections Canada not outing Poutine or arresting him, I think they are of the opinion that they may have bigger fish in their nets and want to make sure that they don’t escape this time, but that is just a hunch at this point.

      • Tend to agree with Zorpheous. Poutine is one or two ridings. They’ve got open files on 200. If they can bargain with Poutine to finger some organization or people responsible for the bulk of their cases, that’s time well spent, IMO.

      • Remember this: “He [Meier] estimates 10 million or more phone calls from about 200 accounts went out during the campaign.”

        How many Ridings did Mayrand say were affected by/received complaints from in regards Robofraud?

        Oh, right, 200.

        Ain’t that a co-incidence?

        Also sort of interesting is the revelation that CIMS was built from the ground up by RMG – and designed to work hand in hand with them. Which is why RMG’s been getting so much business.

        “+ In 2003 RMG helped develop the Conservative Party’s high-tech information management system [aka CIMS] after the Canadian Alliance merged with the Progressive Conservatives in 2003.

        + In Harper’s Team, Tom Flanagan’s book about the Conservatives’ rise to power, Flanagan describes the key role that RMG and its president, Michael Davis, took in the growing organizational ability of the new party, working with CIMS as it developed. “RMG was so successful with an initial prospecting experiment that the party very quickly gave all our voter-contact work to that company,” Flanagan wrote.

        + “CIMS provided a receptacle for the hundreds of thousands of records generated by RMG’s large-scale calling programs.” <– Aka, the two were designed to work Hand-in-hand from the ground up.

        + Elections Canada records show RMG worked on 97 individual Conservative candidate campaigns in the last election, billing $1.4-million. The company is also believed to have worked on the Conservatives’ national campaign, but disclosure rules do not require the party to detail its suppliers."

      • Ah, there we go. Still, I’d like to see the wording in the Production Order, or the Rogers results of the IP trace, since it could just mean the WORKER is from the campaign office, but was working from elsewhere.

        But given that second reading, it does imply the IP was used from the CPC campaign office. Thanks.

  2. McMaher, March 23
    “Mathews’ statement says the fake Elections Canada message went out to 7,676 numbers between 10:03 a.m. and 10:14 a.m. on election day, including callbacks to unanswered numbers.
    An earlier media report, citing Conservative sources, said that Poutine sent only 5,053 calls in Guelph, and about 100 to other Ontario cities perhaps as the result of a data list with bad entries. It is not clear what accounts for the inconsistency between the number of calls.”

    So presuming the number 5,053 is not just made up, what list is that?

  3. Late last night unfuckwithable posted something about someone having a complete set of conservative emails, complete with Blackberry messages cracked from 2006.
    Today, the site is offline.
    Interesting, eh?

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