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Wed Dec 6, 2023, 06:36 AM Dec 6

Voting experts warn of 'serious threats' for 2024 from election equipment software breaches [View all]

Source: PBS News Hour/AP

Dec 5, 2023 8:55 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An effort to access voting system software in several states and provide it to allies of former President Donald Trump as they sought to overturn the results of the 2020 election has raised “serious threats” ahead of next year’s presidential contest, according to a group of experts who urged federal agencies to investigate.

The letter sent by nearly two dozen computer scientists, election security experts and voter advocacy organizations asks for a federal probe and a risk assessment of voting machines used throughout the country, saying the software breaches have “urgent implications for the 2024 election and beyond.” The breaches affected voting equipment made by two companies that together count over 70 percent of the votes cast across the country, according to the letter.

“The multistate effort to unlawfully obtain copies of voting system software poses serious threats to election security and national security and constitutes a potential criminal conspiracy of enormous consequences,” the group wrote in a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, special counsel Jack Smith, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. “We must protect our most sacred tenet of democracy — the security of our vote.”

The letter, sent to the agencies late Monday, was organized by the left-leaning group Free Speech for People, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on election and campaign finance reforms. The group also has filed challenges in a handful of states seeking to ban Trump from the ballot in 2024 under the insurrection clause of the 14th Amendment. The FBI, Justice Department and Smith’s office declined comment. The cybersecurity agency did not immediately respond.

Read more: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/voting-experts-warn-of-serious-threats-for-2024-from-election-equipment-software-breaches

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smells like disinfo to me. mopinko Dec 6 #1
why? LymphocyteLover Dec 6 #2
cuz i'm suspicious of anyone casting doubt on elections. mopinko Dec 6 #7
Yeah, it's always a fine line for discussing this topic LymphocyteLover Dec 6 #13
mostly this- mopinko Dec 6 #8
The article sentence was oddly worded BumRushDaShow Dec 6 #9
they are supporting the ban from the ballot LymphocyteLover Dec 6 #11
Trump has spent years trying to convince American voters the elections can be stolen. This is an interesting..... usaf-vet Dec 6 #14
Let me be clear: This is NOT disinformation. AmBlue Dec 6 #19
there's no doubt they will try to do this and I bet they did this in 2020 LymphocyteLover Dec 6 #3
How do you know they didn't succeed? gab13by13 Dec 6 #5
I think they probably did! One reason dump was so convinced the election was stolen from him LymphocyteLover Dec 6 #12
Any and all digital stuff... Think. Again. Dec 6 #4
The corrupt Republicans in Georgia who copied the Dominion software have no doubt shared the copy. Lonestarblue Dec 6 #6
Dominion should KNOW to be on top of this!! (i hope) bluestarone Dec 6 #10
The various break ins on the software, the copying of it, the entire backups slightlv Dec 6 #18
I have NEVER trusted electronic voting machines. Novara Dec 6 #15
i love my states 100% mail in paper ballots..postage paid even! samnsara Dec 7 #20
I thought all voting machines in AZ had to be replaced, Bayard Dec 6 #16
We had a dark red tiny population county here in PA that voted something like 80% 45, do the same BumRushDaShow Dec 6 #17
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