The man who sounded the alarm about Georgia’s voting system sat down with CBS46 for a one-on-one interview. He tackles the question of whether your vote is safe. The 29-year-old says he’d heard Georgia’s election system was vulnerable and wanted to play around with it to “see what he could accomplish.” … “If a bad guy wanted to have everyone’s voter registration information, they probably have it today,” says Lamb, who is a cybersecurity researcher. He says this because one year ago, he did a simple Google search on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. The cybersecurity researcher uncovered more than he could have ever expected. First, he found voter lists. “I thought that was pretty strange,” says Lamb. “So I immediately wrote a little bit of code to just download the website.” When he returned from lunch, he says, “I was shocked to find that I had about 15 gigabytes of data…voter registration information. I had full names, dates of birth, addresses, last four digits of social security numbers, driver’s license numbers. There were databases that are used on election day for actually accumulating the vote.” He believes the website was also vulnerable to a well-known hack and the server was not secure.
He believes the website was also vulnerable to a well-known hack and the server was not secure. “If that server was, in fact, being used to share files at the county level, and those files were being placed on election equipment, then a bad guy could’ve conceivably modified files that eventually ended up on voting systems,” says Lamb. When asked what that would do, Lamb said it “could possibly change the outcome of the election.”
There is no evidence that election outcomes in Georgia were affected, but as soon as Lamb discovered the holes in security, he contacted the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University. When asked if they fixed the issue, Lamb said, “Eventually…you could still download this as of the end of February of this year.”