In the realm of election security, few reports have generated as much anticipation and controversy as the Halderman Report. Initially sealed by Judge Amy Totenberg, the report has finally been released, shedding light on the vulnerabilities of the Dominion voting machines used in Georgia. This blog post will delve into the key findings of the report and their implications for future elections.
The Sealing of the Halderman Report
In June 2022, it was reported that Judge Amy Totenberg, who has been criticized for her political affiliations, had sealed the Halderman Report. This move sparked controversy and suspicion, as the report was expected to reveal significant information about the security of voting machines in Georgia. The report remained sealed until recently, despite numerous requests for its release from various organizations and individuals.
The Findings of the Halderman Report
The Halderman Report, named after cybersecurity analyst J. Alex Halderman, was finally released this week. The report confirms that votes can be altered in the Dominion voting machines. In fact, the report reveals that the Dominion software can be hacked.
Halderman was given 12 weeks of access to an unused Dominion ICX voting machine for his investigation. His findings were shocking: the Dominion ICX ballot marking devices are not sufficiently secured against technical compromise to withstand vote-altering attacks by bad actors who are likely to attack future elections in Georgia.
The Implications of the Report
The report’s findings have far-reaching implications for the security of future elections. It reveals that the software update that Georgia installed in October 2020 left Georgia’s ballot marking devices in a state where anyone can install malware with only brief physical access to the machines. This problem can be exploited in the polling place even by non-technical voters.
Furthermore, the report found that the ICX contains numerous unnecessary Android applications. An attacker can alter the ballot marking devices’ audit logs by opening them in the on-screen text editor application. This means the audit logs can be altered as easily as a Word document.
The Response to the Report
The release of the Halderman Report has sparked a renewed debate about election security. Critics argue that the report’s findings confirm long-standing concerns about the security of the Dominion voting machines. They argue that the report’s findings underscore the need for greater transparency and security in the election process.
In conclusion, the Halderman Report has shed light on the vulnerabilities of the Dominion voting machines. As we move toward future elections, these findings must be considered to ensure the integrity and security of our electoral process.
The information used for this blog post was obtained from an article by “The Gateway Pundit.” Click here to read the original report.