An anonymous reader writes: On election day 2002, computerized hang-up calls orchestrated by the Republican Party jammed phone lines set up by the New Hampshire Democratic Party and the Manchester firefighters' union. The 2004 and 2006 elections saw similar shenanigans, leading to a FBI investigation of voter suppression calls in Virginia. A recent CNET editorial explores some scary future scenarios where political parties have outsourced their dirty-tricks to offshore companies in India and the Philippines. The main result of this, is that as phishers have already discovered, putting 8 thousand miles between the criminal and their victim can make investigation and prosecution next to impossible.
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