While appearing on Fox News on Wednesday, Green Party candidate Jill Stein told Neil Cavuto that voting machines not connected to the Internet could be hacked by people walking around with floppy disks.
“What we’re reflecting is that people have incredible doubts in an election that was very divisive and bitter and machines that we know fail massively,” she told Cavuto.
“That would be hacking,” he said, adding that the machines would have to be connected to the Internet to be hacked.
“No they don’t at all,” she said. “No, because people walk around and they reprogram these machines and use, like, a floppy disk.”
Of course, she offered no evidence of this alleged hacking.
Here’s video of that claim:
Having been an IT person for about three decades, I have to ask: Who uses floppy disks anymore?
Others wondered the same thing:
Jill Stein says "people walking around with floppy disks hacked voting machines".
Is it 1985? Really, Jillary?#Recount2016
— Laurie (@StormDanser) December 7, 2016
That’s what I’d like to know. I have a bunch stored away in boxes, but most of those are at least 15 to 20 years old. Some are even older than that.
Moreover, is there a device made anymore that even accepts those old disks?
For those who may not be familiar with floppy disks, here’s what she’s talking about:
I don’t think anyone was walking around with anything like this in their pocket reprogramming machines.
The Washington Free Beacon observed:
Floppy disks are hard to come by on the internet and have been discontinued by many manufacturers, although one can order them from floppydisk.com and other sites with enough research. They are more popularly used as coasters these days.
It’s the Green Party … they probably have a few lying around the office next to the VCR. Let’s just agree that after the 2016 election, we all have some serious doubts … about Jill Stein.
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