How to cheat and beat any online voting system to get more votes

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over the years we have had thousands of

requests to help people win voting

competitions for money these online

contests are everywhere and today we

want to talk through the most common

ways these systems can be gamed and

cheated so you don't get fooled into

wasting your time my name is Jorge

whiner I'm the chief Whaler of Holwell

it's no secret that I am NOT a fan of

voting competitions especially ones that

are built irresponsibly by companies

just trying to drive clicks the problem

with voting competitions is that they

pick great people in organizations

against each other for a prize that

usually doesn't come close to the true

cost of the votes that all of these

organizations push to get what's more

they run the risk of burning out

supporters of these great organizations

and people in the worst case scenario

one organization decides to cheat

because the system is designed with

flaws by some marketing firm and they

see a way to easily game the system to

win money for their great cause I am NOT

justifying or endorsing cheating I

actually believe the only way to win

these contests is by not playing however

in an effort to scare the pants off

anybody creating these contests we

decided to create this guide again

Holwell does not cheat on behalf of our

clients it is not a service we provide

nor will ever provide there are tons of

links here also so please check out the

full post in the description section for

those links okay here we go step 1

I need you to figure out how this forum

was built online voting competitions

will use a variety of ways to track

votes through a website here are the

most common ones a web forum built with

the get method this method is low

security means

the forum will just push data into the

URL and you'll see it like slash thanks

dot ASP org name your charity Plus vote

equals true how you break it well find

that URL and just go nuts on it just

keep refreshing and hitting that button

on it

hide the cookies and IP address if they

are tracking it post that link anywhere

and you can get a click will equal a

vote honestly really no reputable

contest will probably be built this way

because it's not 2006 but hey give it a

try you never know a web forum built

with the post method this method medium

secure medium security yet means that

the forum will push the data through the

body of the request and will not show in

the URL and be exposed that way how you

break this one well you may be able to

use the back button if cookies aren't

being set if they are being set frankly

you can hide cookies with a browser like

Chrome with the cookies disabled on

incognito with cookies being set

contests that don't require a sign-in

and allow anonymous votes depend on

cookies that may have timers in some

cases to break it clear your cookies

vote repeat you get it you use Chrome or

a cookie remover to block the cookies on

the site if it still lets you vote then

you know I'll set click away the brave

com browser also has very good privacy

protections that will block this type of

tracking cookie and I pee on Moeller if

you are using a mobile device

you can try switching to airplane mode

and using different Wi-Fi networks

confuse the IP and network tracking on

that with IP sometimes you can use the

IP to determine location and voting you

can use a proxy server or a local VPN or

hop hotspot shield an online account

being required this will require

multiple accounts and more advanced

approaches to get enough votes depending

on how the account is authenticated it

may not be possible to automate massive

voting in this scenario email

confirmation requirements for voting

this is the most common system I see it

requires an email to be confirmed from

the inbox with a link to the REC

vote okay step two human assisted

automation for cracking knees the

following are various tactics which can

be combined to break voting systems with

a little bit of help from third-party

tools in order not to look suspicious

it's important not to show suspiciously

large voting counts all at once I can

immediately tell for instance that the

distribution of votes is unnatural

violating an expected power law 20% of

the contestants getting 80% of total

votes thereabouts in one case actually

we did spot this in a contest where one

of our clients was considering joining

and we advised them not to you pretty

participate we later found that several

articles showed how that exact contest

had been cheated in order to win

computer macros a Macker is a program

that you can set up on a computer that

goes through a series of clicks and

keyboard strokes on a timed interval if

a voting system doesn't require a

CAPTCHA or other human test a macro can

be created to just go through a voting

cycle unabated combine these tools with

a hotspot shield and cookies disabled on

a computer that can break most non email

verification process some tools that you

can use in order to do this macro

express its downloadable software that

will let you turn your computer into a

bot that is time to put an enter

information as needed once recorded

autohotkey is a downloadable software

that will also let you click the heck

out of buttons or load pages as needed

some email generators for secure voting

systems that don't have a strict email

confirmation right there are ways to

generate emails quickly these email

hacks can also be used to create

accounts for systems that require logins

as well and accounts to be created any

single gmail hotmail yahoo or normal

domain email address can actually be

made into thousands of emails by adding

simply a plus or a period after the name

but before the Exide for example your

name at could also be your

name plus any word at

email will still be delivered to your

email address if you own your domain you

can create a bunch of aliases for one

email account as well maila Nader comm

is a site that will generate emails for

you on de minute and give you a quick

little inbox that a confirmation link

will be sent to using the variety of

email domains can actually help make

this look a lot less spammy this is a

list of temporary email domains posted

via mail inator you can check that link

in the description outsource voting for

a nominal amount of money an

organization can actually purchase votes

or emails through vote brokers these

groups will do your bidding in the same

way that they translate audio to text or

do simple outsource tasks for companies

technically it is against the Amazon

Turk policy to pay workers to vote which

is great however you can still hire

someone on a site like upwork frankly to

build a script that could use the above

tactics proxy voting a proxy vote

traditionally means that a voter

transfers their right to vote to a third

party massive lists of proxy accounts

can be managed by a single person simply

logging in one by one and voting imagine

if a political staffer Gino could

collect permission to vote on behalf of

voters and district and perpetuity well

but it is highly effective if you

control that many accounts finally for

the contest creators this video this

post is meant to ruin poorly designed

voting competitions and to scare the

heck out of anyone thinking about

building a voting competition for good I

hate the idea cheating I hate the idea

cheating nonprofits and good people at

their time and I think that this starts

when a contest doesn't use responsible

design again no hole does not cheat on

behalf of our clients not a service we

provide or ever will provide also please

don't reach out to us to vote for your

contest so there you have it

this is our guide to breaking online

voting contests so you can avoid

participating in these times

and more importantly to bring

transparency to this marketing tactic

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