The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was warned before the election that voting machines were vulnerable to hacking and manipulation, according to a cybersecurity expert.
Phil Waldron, a retired U.S. Army colonel and cybersecurity expert, expressed these sentiments as a witness at an election hearing called by Arizona Republican lawmakers on November 30.
Waldron said, “When I started this project in August of this year, I called them and said, you have to come and see this. And they came. They spent three hours at the beginning looking at the data. At the end, one of them said, I need to get out of here for a minute, I need to throw up.”
The DHS folks followed up on this several times, and they went to Dallas and got 600 gigabytes of data from another team that was working with Waldron. Waldron’s team gave them another 200GB or more of data, which they analyzed.
“After they analyzed it, they performed a scan and completed a passive scan. They also performed a limited scan and determined that there were vulnerabilities. They had a lot of meetings.”
When asked how he understood why DHS did nothing before the election, Waldron said his understanding was that it could have been incompetence on the part of senior leaders or a lack of desire to get to the truth.
He said, “I’ve been told that members of (DHS’s) CISA elections division will never attend meetings or briefings within DHS that address the material we present.”
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), part of the Department of Homeland Security, did not respond to a request for comment from the English-language Chronicle.
On the evening of Nov. 17, President Donald Trump (Trump) announced on Twitter that he had relieved Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), of his duties.
With the outcome of the U.S. election uncertain, the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in a number of states, including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia, alleging a variety of election fraud and unconstitutional practices.
But CISA issued a statement on November 12 disputing the allegations, saying that “the November 3 election was the safest election in U.S. history.
The statement said, “There is no evidence that any voting system has ever deleted, lost or tampered with a ballot, or in any way compromised a ballot.”
Dominion, the voting system of interest in the U.S. election, is a member of CISA’s Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council.
Waldron’s testimony is consistent with the views of another investigator.
An interview with Patrick Byrne, a successful American entrepreneur and investigative journalist, aired on “The Pete Santilli Show” on November 24.
Byrne funded a team of cybersecurity, private investigator, and other professionals before the U.S. election, acquired the Dominion voting system and monitored the Internet flow of ballots counted on Election Day.
Byrne told moderator Pete Santilli, “We tried very hard (to bring these voting system fraud issues) to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, (but) they were not receptive. We arranged a meeting through our political connections to begin to explain this …… We also arranged another confidential meeting, but CISA at DHS refused to participate.”