(Excerpts) Georgia’s shotgun-toting, Trump-style Republican candidate for governor Brian Kemp has sought to assure voters that his state’s election system is secure and that any allegations to the contrary are “fake news.”
- But Kemp, who is also the secretary of state in charge of Georgia’s elections, is now being accused in a federal lawsuit of failing to secure his state’s voting system and allowing a massive breach that exposed voter records and other sensitive election information.
- The suit describes how a private researcher discovered the records of more than 6 million registered Georgia voters, password files and encryption keys could be accessed online by anyone looking.
- Days after the lawsuit was filed, technicians erased the hard drives of the server in question.
- According to the lawsuit, it remains unclear if the state’s election system was infected with malware or breached by foreign hackers—which could have consequences for the midterm elections. (Emphasis added)