Software marked in the recommendation of the federal electoral system has never been used in Colorado

Colorado election officials received a tip about software vulnerabilities in electronic voting machines from Dominion Voting Systems, but officials say they remain confident in the state’s election process.

The U.S. Agency for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure, which sent the advisory, said the machines, used in at least 16 states, may be vulnerable to hacking, as reported by the Associated Press, which published the advisory ahead of its expected release on Friday had received .


The advisory reportedly clarifies that there is no evidence that the machines’ errors were used to alter the election results, that they simply exist. It addresses potential vulnerabilities in ImageCast X, a Dominion product that can be used as a ballot marking device. In some states, like Georgia, machines print a paper ballot with a bar code after a voter casts their vote. The voter can review a summary of the votes, and then a scanner uses that barcode to count the votes.

These codes may be subject to attacks that exploit vulnerabilities such as: B. That the barcode does not match the human-readable summary list of voter choices, the guide says.

However, Colorado has never used the ICX software version that researchers evaluated in the report on which the recommendation is based. In fact, ICX usage in Colorado is limited: in 2020, 2.5% of ballots were cast using the equipment. In 2021, it was used by around 0.5 percent of ballots, said a spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Jena Griswold, a Democrat. said.

“Department security and election experts have reviewed the CISA advice and remain confident in the security of Colorado’s elections,” the spokeswoman said. “There is no evidence that any of the potential risks identified in CISA’s advice were exploited in any election in Colorado or elsewhere. Colorado is a national leader in secure elections and already implements a number of security measures that protect the state’s voting equipment and voting systems from threats, including many of the mitigation measures recommended by CISA.”

These mitigation measures include adherence to chain-of-custody procedures, physical security measures, and rigorous post-election audits. A recently passed election security law, which is expected to come into force, will further strengthen certain protections.

The vulnerabilities the advisor warns about are the kind that an insider threat or someone with advanced knowledge could exploit, such as: B. an election officer.

Colorado has landed at the forefront of voting security issues with the recent indictment of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters for allegedly enabling a security breach that led to sensitive voting system passwords being leaked to voting conspiracy websites. A district court judge barred Peters, a Republican running for secretary of state, from monitoring her county’s 2022 primary and general election.

Dominion Voting Systems machines are deployed in 62 of Colorado’s 64 counties. The company has been the subject of baseless conspiracy theories surrounding the “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

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