Report: Hackers May Have Taken ‘Almost Total Control’ Of Georgia Election Server
A possible hacking on a Georgia server may have compromised the state’s voting machines in both 2016 and 2018, an election security report revealed, according to the Independent.
Logan Lamb, an election security expert, first discovered the alleged attack on a Georgia election server. Lamb suggested that hackers may have been able to significantly interfere with state voting data.
If the hackers successfully broke into the server, they likely obtained “almost total control of the server, including abilities to modify files, delete data, and install malware,” Lamb said in his report.
Activist groups have filed a lawsuit arguing that the vulnerabilities would have allowed hackers to manipulate election results. Lamb’s report was included as an affidavit filed in an Atlanta federal court last Thursday.
Republican Brian Kemp narrowly beat Democrat Stacey Abrams during the 2018 gubernatorial race, in which he ran while serving as Georgia’s secretary of state.
Marylin Marks, executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, said that evidence of the possible hacking “creates a very dark cloud over all of the previous elections” in Georgia.
“We know there was no way to audit” the results of the previous elections, Marks said. “There was no...attempt at accountability by the secretary of state, and the entire programming of elections was outsourced.
“What Logan’s findings show us,” she added, “is that vulnerabilities were not just hypothetical as the state had been claiming. Now we know that it was a very real risk, but what we don’t know is just how bad did it get. And the public deserves to know.”
Georgia uses paperless voting machines, which activist groups suing the state hope to put an end to.
The Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University was tasked with overseeing the programming of Georgia’s elections, but erased all of the data on the server in question.
Lamb was able to access a copy of the server collected by the FBI after state officials lost a years-long battle to prevent it from being examined.
“I can think of no legitimate reason why records from that critical period of time should have been deleted,” Lamb wrote in the affidavit.