New report sparks concerns about vulnerabilities in Georgia’s election equipment

More than a year after the 2020 presidential election, new allegations of fraud continue to surface.

In Georgia, for example, a new report is raising concerns about the security of the state’s voting equipment ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

Report’s author makes shocking claim

University of Michigan computer science professor Alex Halderman reportedly wrote the report after receiving access to Dominion voting machines used in Fulton County in 2020.

After spending 12 weeks with the machines, he produced a 25,000-word “secret report” that remains under seal by a judge, according to the Washington Examiner.

Although the report itself has not been publicly released, some of his general findings have made their way into the open. It is these issues that have some Georgians sounding the alarm ahead of November’s races.

In short, Halderman claims that the voting equipment used in the 2020 election was vulnerable to fraud or cyber attack.

He cited the possibility of a hacker gaining access to the system through a piece of installed software, thus controlling sensitive data related to state elections.

“The public deserves to know”

Halderman acknowledged that his findings do not imply that any of the election systems used in 2020 were hacked. In fact, he noted that there is no evidence that they were.

Nevertheless, the feasibility of such malicious use of voting machines is enough to convince Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, both Republicans, to address the issue.

The governor recently confirmed that he instructed Raffensperger to thoroughly review the report and ensure that the state’s voting systems are secure.

For his part, the secretary of state has seemingly tried to discredit Halderman, describing him as someone who is “paid to espouse opinions supporting the elimination of electronic voting systems to help a lawsuit brought by liberal activists.”

More recently, Raffensperger called on Halderman to ask the judge to release his report to the public, asserting: “The public deserves to know the context of J. Alex Halderman’s claims and his testimony regarding the 2020 election. We are taking on these claims in court, and we will win. Sensationalized media articles and misleading reports from paid activists notwithstanding, Georgia’s election system is safe and secure.”

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