Breaking with usual hyper-partisan style, even the Drudge Report has problems with Georgia’s insecure election systems.

It’s not often the the Drudge Report picks up on the same signals as everyone else, but yesterday’s reports must have a been a bridge too far even for @DRUDGE .

There were scattered reports that Georgia’s Trump campaign officials were talking about a protest march. That would be an interesting crowd.


Researcher who inadvertently accessed Georgia election system center stunned to find 15GB sensitive information exposed

Logan Lamb says he was stunned to find that the directory had already been indexed by Google:

The directory of files “was already indexed by Google,” Lamb said in an interview — meaning that anyone could have found it with the right search. Lamb said he notified the center’s director, Merle King, who assured him the hole would be patched and who asked to keep his discovery to himself.


Responding to Politico and WaPo reports, Georgia said to be considering closing down controversial Kennesaw State University Center for Election Systems

According to AJC,

The secretary of state’s office said Wednesday that it is “actively investigating alternative arrangements” to using Kennesaw State University’s Center for Election Systems, news that coincided with the unmasking by Politico Magazine of the security researchers behind a data scare involving the center that became public in March.

Politico and the Washington Post both reported yesterday that the KSU center was at the center of controversial handling of Georgia’s election infrastructure.

AJC reporting continues to  repeat denials from Secretary of State’s office that experts contest and to misstate Judge Adams’ decision last week that denied request to shift #GA06 to paper ballots.  SOS claims 27,000 voting machines air-gapped and not connected to the Internet, but experts have pointed out the many attack vectors that make use of indirect connections.


What is the future of GA’s voting machines? #protectGAvote

Voting systems have now been declared part of the National Critical Infrastructure. Will Georgia be required to make changes?

When then-DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said last August that the department wanted to declare the systems as national critical infrastructure — a designation that gives the federal government broader powers to intervene — Republicans balked. Only after the election did the two sides eventually reach a deal to make the designation.

Can we trust security standards put in place 27 years ago? How about certifications from 15 years ago?

GA voting machines were certified in 2002 using government standards set in 1990. Really? Is that the best we can do? Is there any way those procedures could have predicted the threats we face in 2017? Not likely!!! #protectGAvote


Don’t be like me. There really are great white sharks lurking offshore.

There are sharks lurking offshore (in Russia, for example) who want to hack your votes. Like me, your elected leaders are quick to shout “No danger!” Help me #protectGAvote

Amity-jaws1My name is Larry Vaughn. This is my website.  You last saw me In 1975 in Amity, New York. I was the town’s mayor when a rogue police chief tried to frighten 4th of July tourists with talk of a great white shark lurking off the shallow waters. Needless to say, I was not pleased with the panic that ensued. “No danger!” I said. “Fun in the water!” Then the shark started gobbling people up. I now regret that I did not do more to protect the people who trusted me, and I want to make sure the same thing does not happen to the voters of Georgia. There are sharks lurking offshore (in Russia, for example) who want to hack your votes. Like me, your elected leaders are quick to shout “No danger!”  Help me #protectGAvote

There was a hearing last week on whether the June 20 run off should be held on paper ballots. Read about it here.