Georgia election server and backup wiped after Federal suit filed

oneMadRssn

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Super suspicious: https://apnews.com/877ee1015f1c43f1965f63538b035d3f/APNewsBreak:-Georgia-election-server-wiped-after-suit-filed

"The server’s data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state’s election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email — sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case — that was obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.

The lawsuit, filed by a diverse group of election reform advocates, aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized election technology. The server in question, which served as a statewide staging location for key election-related data, made national headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn’t fixed six months after he reported it to election authorities."​

Basically, lawsuit filed, then the server and the backups are quietly erased.

The FBI might have an image of the server, but haven't found it yet.

The named-defendant is the secretary of state, Brian Kemp, a Republican who is running for governor in 2018. So of course the usual right-wingers will come out defending this as something innocent, nothing to see here, deflect to Hilary.
 

linuxcooldude

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Super suspicious: https://apnews.com/877ee1015f1c43f1965f63538b035d3f/APNewsBreak:-Georgia-election-server-wiped-after-suit-filed

"The server’s data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state’s election system. The data wipe was revealed in an email — sent last week from an assistant state attorney general to plaintiffs in the case — that was obtained by the AP. More emails obtained in a public records request confirmed the wipe.

The lawsuit, filed by a diverse group of election reform advocates, aims to force Georgia to retire its antiquated and heavily criticized election technology. The server in question, which served as a statewide staging location for key election-related data, made national headlines in June after a security expert disclosed a gaping security hole that wasn’t fixed six months after he reported it to election authorities."​

Basically, lawsuit filed, then the server and the backups are quietly erased.

The FBI might have an image of the server, but haven't found it yet.

The named-defendant is the secretary of state, Brian Kemp, a Republican who is running for governor in 2018. So of course the usual right-wingers will come out defending this as something innocent, nothing to see here, deflect to Hilary.
Maybe they wiped it with a cloth.
 

JayMysterio

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Wiped days after a lawsuit is filed? But untouched before then?

Throw the words Clinton or uranium in there, and the right will get right on it!

They'll even ask for Russian help in getting that info! Oh, wait...
 
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webbuzz

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KSU doesn't 'run' the state's election system. It audits the counties election procedures. Why they chose KSU over Georgia Tech is beyond me.
 

JayMysterio

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Assistant state attorney general Cristina Correia allegedly gave attorneys involved conflicting information on whether the server was wiped before or after the lawsuit was filed on July 3:

The server’s data was destroyed July 7 by technicians at the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University, which runs the state’s election system, Correia informed attorneys in the case in an Oct. 18 email. Twelve days earlier, she had informed the same group of attorneys that the data on the server was wiped on March 17, the same day it was returned to the Center for Elections Systems at Kennesaw State University by the FBI after a probe into the security incident. No one at the state attorney general’s office has explained Correia’s source for the apparently erroneous information on timing.
And things get more strange...

https://gizmodo.com/georgia-attorney-general-wont-defend-election-officials-1820066720

In July, a lawsuit alleged that computer systems in Georgia containing the personal information of 6.7 million voters as well as election officials’ passwords were riddled with security vulnerabilities—and that authorities responsible for the databases failed to fix them within six months of being notified. Three days later, Georgia officials conveniently wiped the state’s election data, potentially preventing any investigation whether the server was indeed meddled with. As Slate noted, the incident could only be explained as either an “incredible act of incompetence” or a deliberate attempt to cover up the issue at the same time Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Georgia’s top election official, runs for governor.

Another curious development in the case on Wednesday: According to the Associated Press, the Georgia attorney general’s office has declined to defend Kemp in the suit. Instead, Kemp and other election officials will instead be defended by a private firm, the AP wrote.