The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has now warned state agencies that Dominion Voting Systems’, a system used in 16 states, is very susceptible to hackings that could influence the outcome of the election if the hacking isn’t addressed in a timely matter. This is separate from the 2020 election, which they insist was 100% secure.
The advisory obtained by the Associated Press warns of nine vulnerabilities and suggests protective measures to prevent someone from influencing the election.
The Cybersecurity agency doesn’t want you to be alarmed, however, but they are stressing that election officials need to take action to address these vulnerabilities. CISA Executive Director Brandon Wales has stated that states are not doing enough to prevent hackings and that states need to take “defensive measures to reduce the risk of exploitation of these vulnerabilities”.
One of the most serious vulnerabilities is that malicious code could be spread from the election management system to machines, according to University of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman. “These 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.
Halderman warned that they could alter the vote or even identify who voted for which candidate.
Many of us warned about Dominion right after the 2020 election. Right after the election, I published an article where I warned that this system was vulnerable to hackings. Putting aside any claims that I or others made at the time about the 2020 election (although this report took a giant step towards what many of us claimed), just the very claim that Dominion was susceptible to be hacked was called a “Conspiracy theory”.
Before the 2020 election, Texas tested this system and rejected it because it was very unreliable. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that ‘There’s a reason Texas rejected Dominion’ and that is because ‘We knew that these were unreliable systems. We didn’t want to trust them.’ According to Paxton, Texas tested this voting system three times and they found failures all three times in both the hardware and software. According to Paxton, “We discovered that these systems are subject to different types of unauthorized manipulation and potential fraud.”
In my article from November 2020 I noted that even Politico reported that on Election day, “A technology glitch that halted voting in two Georgia counties on Tuesday morning was caused by a vendor uploading an update to their election machines the night before,’ a county election supervisor said.” In these two counties, voters couldn’t vote for several hours due to the crash. According to Marcia Ridley who was the elections Supervisor at Spalding County Board of Elections, one of the two Georgia counties that experienced this crash, “The companies “uploaded something last night, which is not normal, and it caused a glitch. That is something that they don’t ever do. I’ve never seen them update anything the day before the election.” “What did they upload?” any person with common sense would ask. Are we ever going to be told? ” Still waiting for that answer 18 months later.
Gabriel Sterling, voting system implementation manager in the secretary of states’ office told reporters that “the issue likely was a dataset that got uploaded to the systems, but that they don’t know for certain. He did not say if the dataset was uploaded by the voting machine vendor.”
Problems like this were reported across the country and even the left wing Politico reported that there were significant problems. But we weren’t allowed to say that after the 2020 election, because that was “conspiracy theory”, “misinformation”, and an “attack on democracy”. The evidence was there that at the very least Dominion could have been hacked, but no one wanted to hear it at the time.
Why is it that it has taken this long to investigate this? Why wasn’t this investigated immediately after the 2020 election when these issues started to be reported? Why did it take 18 months past the election for this the Cybersecurity agency to basically claim the exact same thing that I claimed after the 2020 election, stopping just short of saying that the machines in the 2020 election were potentially hacked? And why is it that we still don’t have an answer for what was uploaded the night before the 2020 election?
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