MyPillow Guy Event Distributed Dominion Voting Software, Jeopardizing Future Election Security
MyPillow guy Mike Lindell has been running around the country since November 2020, falsely claiming that Dominion Voting Systems’ software was hacked and votes were changed from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. That wasn’t the case, of course, and Dominion has sued Lindell and others for billions of dollars for damaging its business and corporate reputation.
Now, election security experts are saying that efforts by Lindell and other Republicans to challenge the 2020 election results could make that fantasy a dangerous reality in future elections. Copies of the Dominion software used to manage elections were passed around at a “cyber symposium” event Lindell organized this month in South Dakota, essentially providing those who would want to subvert the voting process a roadmap on how to do so.
“It’s a game-changer in that the environment we have talked about existing now is a reality,” said Matt Masterson, a former top election security official in the Trump administration.
The software copies came from voting equipment in Mesa County, Colorado, and Antrim County, Michigan, where Republican efforts to overturn the vote failed. Dominion software is used in some 30 states, including California, Georgia and Michigan, to do everything from designing ballots to configuring voting machines and tallying results.
An election security pioneer, Harri Hursti ,who attended the South Dakota event said he and other researchers were provided three separate copies of election management systems that run on the Dominion software. While it’s not clear how the copies came to be released at the event, they also were posted online and made available for public download.
The release gives hackers a “practice environment” to probe for vulnerabilities they could exploit. All the hackers would need is physical access to the systems because they are not supposed to be connected to the internet.
Just three vendors provide 90 percent of the election technology used in the United States, meaning election officials cannot easily switch to another system. Kevin Skoglund, an election technology expert, says that release of the copies of the Dominion software basically gives hackers a blueprint for how to interfere in future elections.
“This disclosure increases both the likelihood that something happens and the impact of what would happen if it does,” he said.