[The heavy hitters in the media are now operating in Damage control to spin the evidence against electronic voting machines. The Halderman report, evidence from 'True the Vote', 'Project Veritas' and Lindell's efforts all appear in multiple lawsuits. Why would you seal a scientific report describing election machine malfunctions? You should suspect AP motives for putting out this spiin piece at this point. For those of you who remain skeptical about election theft can read the Halderman report and inspect the recorded evidence of fraud at frankspeech.com. - ED]
nation’s leading cybersecurity agency says electronic voting machines
from a leading vendor used in at least 16 states have software
By Kate Brumback Associated Press
ATLANTA -- Electronic
voting machines from a leading vendor used in at least 16 states have
software vulnerabilities that leave them susceptible to hacking
if unaddressed, the nation’s leading cybersecurity agency says in an
advisory sent to state election officials.
U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, or CISA, said there is no
evidence the flaws in the Dominion Voting Systems’ equipment have been
exploited to alter election
results. The advisory is based on testing by a prominent computer
scientist and expert witness in a long-running lawsuit that is
unrelated to false allegations of a stolen election pushed by former
President Donald Trump after his 2020 election loss.
U.S. CISA WARNING — Dominion voting machines used in 16 states have ‘substantial vulnerabilities’…
advisory, obtained by The Associated Press in advance of its expected
Friday release, details nine vulnerabilities and suggests protective
measures to prevent or detect their exploitation. Amid a swirl of
misinformation and disinformation about elections, CISA seems to be
trying to walk a line between not alarming the public and stressing the
need for election officials to take action.
Executive Director Brandon Wales said in a statement that “states’
standard election security procedures would detect exploitation of these
vulnerabilities and in many cases would prevent attempts entirely.” Yet
the advisory seems to suggest states aren't doing enough. It urges
prompt mitigation measures, including both continued and enhanced
"defensive measures to reduce the risk of exploitation of these
vulnerabilities.” Those measures need to be applied ahead of every
election, the advisory says, and it's clear that's not happening in all
of the states that use the machines.
of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman, who wrote the report
on which the advisory is based, has long argued that using digital
technology to record votes is dangerous because computers are
inherently vulnerable to hacking and thus require multiple safeguards
that aren’t uniformly followed. He and many other election security
experts have insisted that using hand-marked paper ballots is
the most secure method of voting and the only option that allows for
meaningful post-election audits.
vulnerabilities, for the most part, are not ones that could be easily
exploited by someone who walks in off the street, but they are things
that we should worry could be exploited by sophisticated attackers, such
as hostile nation states, or by election insiders, and they would carry
very serious consequences,” Halderman told the AP.
about possible meddling by election insiders were recently underscored
with the indictment of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters in
Colorado, who has become a hero to election conspiracy theorists and is
running to become her state's top election official. Data from the
county’s voting machines appeared on election conspiracy websites last
summer shortly after Peters appeared at a symposium about the election
organized by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. She was also recently
barred from overseeing this year's election in her county. [AP fails to mention that current secretary of state Jena Griswold herself is facing an election fraud lawsuit -ED]
of the most serious vulnerabilities could allow malicious code to be
spread from the election management system to machines throughout a
jurisdiction, Halderman said. The vulnerability could be exploited by
someone with physical access or by someone who is able to remotely
infect other systems that are connected to the internet if election
workers then use USB sticks to bring data from an infected system into
the election management system.
other particularly worrisome vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to
forge cards used in the machines by technicians, giving the attacker
access to a machine that would allow the software to be changed,
could then mark ballots inconsistently with voters’ intent, alter
recorded votes or even identify voters’ secret ballots,” Halderman said.
is an expert witness for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit originally filed
in 2017 that targeted the outdated voting machines Georgia used at the
time. The state bought the Dominion system in 2019, but the plaintiffs
contend that the new system is also insecure. A 25,000-word report
detailing Halderman's findings was filed under seal in federal court in
Atlanta last July.
District Judge Amy Totenberg, who’s overseeing the case, has expressed
concern about releasing the report, worrying about the potential
for hacking and the misuse of sensitive election system information.
She agreed in February that the report could be shared with
CISA, which promised to work with Halderman and Dominion to analyze
potential vulnerabilities and then help jurisdictions that use the
machines to test and apply any protections.
agrees that there’s no evidence the vulnerabilities were exploited in
the 2020 election. But that wasn’t his mission, he said. He was looking
for ways Dominion's Democracy Suite ImageCast X voting system could be
compromised. The touchscreen voting machines can be configured as
ballot-marking devices that produce a paper ballot or record votes
In a statement, Dominion defended the machines as “accurate and secure.”
systems have been unjustifiably maligned by people pushing the false
narrative that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. Incorrect and
sometimes outrageous claims by high-profile Trump allies prompted the
company to file defamation lawsuits. State and federal officials have
repeatedly said there’s no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020
election — and no evidence that Dominion equipment was manipulated to
alter results .[NONE of these questions have been subjected to a court authorized inspection of the voting machines except Antrim, County, Michigan where susbstantial fraud WAS uncovered. -ED]
said it’s an “unfortunate coincidence” that the first vulnerabilities
in polling place equipment reported to CISA affect Dominion machines.
are systemic problems with the way election equipment is developed,
tested and certified, and I think it’s more likely than not that serious
problems would be found in equipment from other vendors if they were
subjected to the same kind of testing,” Halderman said.
Georgia, the machines print a paper ballot that includes a barcode —
known as a QR code — and a human-readable summary list reflecting the
voter's selections, and the votes are tallied by a scanner that reads
“When barcodes are
used to tabulate votes, they may be subject to attacks exploiting the
listed vulnerabilities such that the barcode is inconsistent with the
human-readable portion of the paper ballot,” the advisory says. To
reduce this risk, the advisory recommends, the machines should be
configured, where possible, to produce “traditional, full-face ballots,
rather than summary ballots with QR codes.”
affected machines are used by at least some voters in at least 16
states, and in most of those places they are used only for people who
can't physically fill out a paper ballot by hand, according to a voting
equipment tracker maintained by watchdog Verified Voting. But in some
places, including all of Georgia, almost all in-person voting is on the
Deputy Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling said the CISA advisory and a
separate report commissioned by Dominion recognize that “existing
procedural safeguards make it extremely unlikely” that a bad actor could
exploit the vulnerabilities identified by Halderman. He called
Halderman’s claims “exaggerated."
has told CISA that the vulnerabilities have been addressed in
subsequent software versions, and the advisory says election officials
should contact the company to determine which updates are needed.
Halderman tested machines used in Georgia, and he said it’s not clear
whether machines running other versions of the software share the same
Halderman said that as far as he knows, “no one but Dominion has had the opportunity to test their asserted fixes."
prevent or detect the exploitation of these vulnerabilities, the
advisory's recommendations include ensuring voting machines are secure
and protected at all times; conducting rigorous pre- and post-election
testing on the machines as well as post-election audits; and encouraging
voters to verify the human-readable portion on printed ballots.