After two years of denying that elections have security vulnerabilities, Politico announced Friday that there are security issues involving cellular modems transmitting precinct information. According to POLITICO, hackable cellular modems are used in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Minnesota. Rhode Island uses them across the state, and Washington, D.C., uses them citywide.
From @politico: 'How wireless modems in voting machines could endanger the midterms; The modems help election officials report results quickly, but security experts say they’re too dangerous to trust.' https://t.co/vllWLtcapf pic.twitter.com/djrsbBGG3y
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 14, 2022
Politico published the following:
There’s a largely overlooked hacking target that could help those who want to sow doubt about vote tallies in the November midterms: cellular modems that transmit unofficial election-night results.
The modems, which send vote data from precincts to central offices using cellphone networks, help election officials satisfy the public’s demand for rapid results. But putting any networking connection on an election system opens up new ways to attack it that don’t require physical access to machines, and security experts say the risks aren’t worth the rewards.
“You’re counting on a bunch of infrastructures to deliver data back and forth, and it’s well within the capabilities of nation-state hackers to break into that infrastructure,” said Dan Wallach, a Rice University computer science professor who has repeatedly exposed flaws in election equipment.
As this Twitter user noted, it’s strange that for the past two years, it was considered “misinformation” and “conspiracy theory” to report the issues with voting machines that can be connected to the internet, as well as other vulnerabilities in the elections. So is Politico’s sudden change of heart signaling a shift in the narrative? And are the elections secure? Or is it a political game for the messaging to change as we go into another cycle?
Totally weird how discussion of election machines is either dangerous, Trump-supporting, election denying, conspiracy theorizing OR standard Democrat messaging … depending on the cycle. https://t.co/oWcxfcFkS3 via @politico
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 14, 2022
The Gateway Pundit has been drawing attention to many election night issues, from video footage of mules dropping off ballots to “unexplainable” problems at voting precincts. They noted that Politico is now interested in drawing attention to “the voting machine hacking threat you probably haven’t heard about: Modems help election officials report results quickly, but security experts say they’re too dangerous to trust.” Mike Lindell, Sidney Powell, Rudy Guiliani, President Trump, and countless others have drawn attention to election security and voting machine hacking vulnerabilities and, as a result, have had their lives turned upside down.
The timing is strange as elections are now just weeks out with little time to make significant changes to how most states transmit voting information from precinct to central office.
— Helsingor (@Helsingor) October 14, 2022