A federal report obtained from the Associated Press reveals that Dominion Voting Systems software was vulnerable to hacking.
A government watchdog found that electronic voting machines in 16 states contain security vulnerabilities that hackers could exploit. This comes after widespread fraud allegations and manipulations in the 2020 presidential race.
The Associated Press obtained a report from the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, (CISA), Tuesday. It identified nine critical loopholes in Dominion Voting Systems’ machines and warned that they might be susceptible to hackers if not addressed.
CISA maintained that it had no evidence the security flaws had ever been used to affect election results, and the agency’s executive director, Brandon Wales, told AP that “states’ standard election security procedures would detect exploitation of these vulnerabilities and in many cases would prevent attempts entirely.”
Although addressed to state election officials the report suggested that not enough has been done in closing the gaps. “defensive measures to reduce the risk of exploitation”Each election must be completed before the next. It noted that some states that use the machines have been lax about the machines’ security.
While Dominion became deeply embroiled in the 2020 election controversy – during which former President Donald Trump and his allies repeatedly claimed that the firm’s machines had been tampered with to throw the race – the company has vocally denied that its systems were used improperly. The company has filed a number of lawsuits against people claiming otherwise. These include former Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Smartmatic, which are both voting machine firms.
Many legal cases that claimed malfeasance or fraud were dismissed by federal and state election officials.
Within attempts to “rumor control,”CISA previously stated that “existence of a vulnerability in election technology is not evidence that the vulnerability has been exploited,”It is important to note that every digital system has security holes.
“Identified vulnerabilities should be taken seriously and mitigations implemented in a timely manner,”It said that, and added: “it’s important to note that there is no indication that cyber vulnerabilities have contributed to any voting system deleting, losing, or changing votes.”
At least some voters from at least 16 states use the affected Dominion voting machine, most often for people who are physically disabled or unable to complete a paper ballot. However, in some states, such as Georgia, the machines are used by at least some voters. “almost all”According to AP., the device is used for in-person vote.