Following the 2020 election, allegations that Dominion Voting Systems machines were potentially susceptible to hacking were vehemently denied by the company, countless election officials, experts, and media pundits.
Now, a “secret report” in a Georgia lawsuit is said to claim exactly that: that Dominion machines are vulnerable to being hacked in a manner that could fraudulently change an election’s outcome, as the Washington Examiner reported.
The report, sealed by the court, reportedly came from an expert analyst hired by a liberal activist group affiliated with Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and not Republicans.
The “secret report”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the alleged vulnerabilities in Dominion voting machines are detailed in a 25,000-page report produced by University of Michigan computer science professor Alex Halderman, a noted expert in the field who was granted access to Georgia’s voting equipment and systems for 12 weeks to conduct an investigation.
He purportedly found that “malicious software” could be installed on touchscreen voting machines that would subversively change vote data recorded in the QR code on the ballot that gets printed out and scanned by counting machines. That hack could be perpetrated on individual touchscreen machines or exploited much more broadly through a hack of election management systems.
However, Halderman has been insistent that his probe uncovered no evidence of an actual hack or anything else that may have changed votes and the outcome of the 2020 election.
Meanwhile, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), who has also insisted that the 2020 election suffered no fraud issues, has yet to see the report for himself — due to the court sealing it — and has disputed the purported findings of Halderman, noting in statements the partisanship and ulterior motives of the liberal activist group that hired him.
However, a spokesperson for Gov. Brian Kemp (R) said of the secretary in a statement, “He should immediately gather all relevant information regarding this report, thoroughly vet its findings, and assure Georgians he is doing everything possible to ensure the system, procedures and equipment are completely secure.”
Many want to see it
According to the Associated Press, it isn’t just Georgia officials who want to review the details contained within the sealed report, but also other states, media outlets, and the federal government.
Louisiana, which also uses Dominion machines for some elections, asked the court to publicly release the report but that request was denied by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg, who expressed concern about the details being made public, and has allowed only attorneys and experts involved in the case to see the full report.
Also seeking the release of the report is Fox News, which is fighting back against a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion over the network’s reporting on the post-2020 election allegations of fraud involving the company’s machines.
The Examiner noted that the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency has also expressed an interest in the court unsealing the report in order for the alleged vulnerabilities to be fully known so they can be addressed prior to future elections.