As President Trump continues to make unfounded claims of widespread election fraud, 59 of the world’s foremost experts on digital voting are hitting again, saying that current allegations of precise voting machine hacking “have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”
Monday’s letter got here after virtually two weeks of baseless and unfounded claims from Trump and a few of his supporters that this month’s presidential election had been “rigged” in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. On Thursday, Trump began a brand new spherical of disinformation when he took to Twitter to say that polling machines made by Dominion Voting deleted 2.7 million Trump votes across the nation.
Vulnerabilities aren’t exploits
Over the weekend, Trump tweeted a video from final yr’s Defcon hacker conference. It confirmed attendees collaborating in an occasion referred to as the voting machine hacking village. Organizers of the occasion held it to lift consciousness in regards to the significance of security in digital voting. Some of the occasion organizers had been beside themselves that Trump was utilizing the video as innuendo that voting machine hacking performed a task within the outcomes of this month’s election, or in any election ever, for that matter.
“Anyone asserting that a US election was ‘rigged’ is making an extraordinary claim, one that must be supported by persuasive and verifiable evidence,” the pc scientists wrote. “Merely citing the existence of technical flaws does not establish that an attack occurred, much less that it altered an election outcome. It is simply speculation.”
The letter continued:
The presence of security weaknesses in election infrastructure doesn’t by itself inform us that any election has really been compromised. Technical, bodily, and procedural safeguards complicate the duty of maliciously exploiting election methods, as does monitoring of probably adversaries by regulation enforcement and the intelligence neighborhood. Altering an election final result entails greater than merely the existence of a technical vulnerability.
We are conscious of alarming assertions being made that the 2020 election was “rigged” by exploiting technical vulnerabilities. However, in each case of which we’re conscious, these claims both have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent. To our collective information, no credible proof has been put forth that helps a conclusion that the 2020 election final result in any state has been altered via technical compromise.
Monday’s letter follows the issuance of one other strongly worded assertion on Thursday by the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council, which incorporates officers from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, the US Election Assistance Commission, and secretaries of state and state election administrators from varied states.
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history,” the joint assertion learn. “Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.”
The assertion went on to say: “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.”
A day after the assertion was revealed, Reuters reported that Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs was telling associates he anticipated to be fired. Citing unnamed folks accustomed to the matter, the information outlet stated that Krebs “drew the ire of the Trump White House over efforts to debunk disinformation” associated to the current elections.
Monday’s letter exhibits that laptop scientists are additionally now working to debunk conspiracy theories claiming widespread voter fraud. Those signing the doc embrace Matt Blaze, a pc science professor at Georgetown University; Ronald Rivest, a professor on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the R in RSA; Steven M. Bellovin, a pc science professor at Columbia University; Joseph Lorenzo Hall, senior VP on the nonprofit Internet Society; and J. Alex Halderman, a University of Michigan professor of laptop science and engineering who makes a speciality of election security.