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1/In the 'you gotta be kiddin' me" department: Politico is reporting that voting computer vendor ES&S is asking for a congressional investigation of the DEFCON election hacking village.
2/In a letter to Senators Harris, Warner, Collins and Lankford, ES&S deflected an Intel Committee question about whether they would submit to testing by raising the specter that foreign adversaries were infiltrating the hacking village.
3/I guess they didn't notice that DHS and state election officials were among the most active at the village. Eric Geller Reports:
4/"The letter, dated Aug. 24 and provided to POLITICO today, represents the small but powerful voting vendor industry’s latest attempt to cast aspersions about the independent hacker community, which has fiercely criticized vendors for their opposition to transparency."
5/ ES&S employees are open about their inability to engineer adequate security safequards, but ES&S wrote: "“any assertion that our products are not thoroughly and independently tested, or that we do not allow election agencies to arrange testing, is erroneous.”
6/I personally love the idea that "election agencies" would need the permission of ES&S to test the systems. #Dieselgate

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Sep 6, 2018
1/Since my tweet about today's NAS Election Integrity report, friends have asked: "What exactly are the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine? Is this report a big deal?" Yes. They are the nation's advisors on scientific matters.
2/The US National Academy of Sciences was created by an Act of Incorporation dated March 3, 1863, and signed by President Abraham Lincoln.
3/The Act states "...the Academy shall, whenever called upon by any department of the Government, investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art. All subsequent academies (Engineering, Medicine, National Research Council) are covered by the Act.
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Sep 6, 2018
Consensus election security report from National Academy of Sciences: paper ballots, no Internet, audits, cyber security standards & training, protect voter registration. Recommendation: human readable paper ballots in 2018! ⁦@BrianKempGA⁩ read pls.…
The position of GA election officials is becoming more and more isolated from reality as the nation’s most respected scientific advisors publish their consensus recommendations for election security. Add this to the compelling panel at last week’s SAFE Commission hearing and
It is becoming harder to fathom why SoS continues to insist that only he has the real information about threats and vulnerabilities of Georgia creaky election system. It is not secure and this report is a roadmap for making it so.
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Aug 24, 2018
1/ Voters will eventually catch on. The Music Man is a metaphor for what's happening to elections: "You gullible green-grass goats! Can't you get it through your heads that you're being swindled out of your eye teeth right now--this minute?...
2/There's a burglar in the bedroom while you're fiddling in the parlor! I'm talking about Harold Hill--road agent--highwayman--pickpocket...
3/...There's more documented evidence than you'll ever have time to read! There isn't any band, there never has been any band and there never will be any band!"
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Aug 22, 2018
1/Lemme ‘splain this to @BrianKempGA staff in real basic terms: a paper print-out of the stored ballot choices of a possibly compromised voting machine is *not* the same as a paper record of ballot choices.
2/ If it were, then every accused bank robber in history would be able to testify that he was nowhere near the scene of the crime on the night in question. Judge: “Miss Parker where was Mr. Barrow on the afternoon of April 13?” Bonnie: “He was at church with me, Judge.”
3/Judge: “Mr. Barrow can you vouch for her whereabouts?” Clyde: “Yes, Judge, she was with me.”
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Aug 12, 2018
1/What did I learn at DEFCON 26 voting village about voting machine and system vulnerabilities? There are so many unaddressed vulnerabilities that you have to decertify them immediately.
2/Malware can spread from one machine to another without physical access to the machines or direct Internet connection.
3/ The vendor supply chain is compromised.
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Jul 30, 2018
Good to see AJC finally addressing. Fmr SOS Cox defends her 2002 decisions based on information that was out of date back then and doesn't address today's threats. @rad_atl brings realitity OPINION: Building trustworthy voting system in Georgia is critical…
@rad_atl 1/ Reality: there is no perfect method of recording human choices. Physics, economics, psychology, and malicious intent get in the way.
2/Cox would have us believe that physical paper ballots, because they live in the real physical world are subject to real world vulnerabilities are MORE vulnerable than real digital ballots...
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