Georgia’s Brian Kemp Likely Made Up Hacking Claim Against Dems, Report Finds

David Boddiger yesterday at 19:44. 0 comments
Brian Kemp Georgia Stacey Abrams Governor Corruption

Two days before Georgia voters headed to the polls last month to decide between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race, Kemp, who was secretary of state, pulled a brazen stunt that seemed ludicrous at the time.

Kemp’s office announced that it was opening an investigation into the Georgia Democratic Party following “a failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system.” In a vague statement offering no evidence, Kemp’s office ominously warned that “the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation were immediately alerted.”

Now, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is officially calling bullshit on those claims.

Per the report:

It was Nov. 3, a Saturday, 72 hours to Election Day. Virtually tied in the polls with Democrat Stacey Abrams, Kemp was in danger of becoming the first Georgia Republican to lose a statewide election since 2006. And, now, a new threat. The secretary of state’s office had left its voter-registration system exposed online, opening Kemp to criticism that he couldn’t secure an election that featured him in the dual roles of candidate and overseer.

But by the next day, Kemp and his aides had devised one solution for both problems, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows.

Six weeks later, the newspaper concluded: “It appears unlikely that any crime occurred.”

The Journal-Constitution interviewed security experts, political operatives, and lawyers, and reviewed court and public documents to determine whether the accusation had any merit. By all appearances, it did not.

Kemp narrowly won with a final vote tally of 50.2% in the state’s closest gubernatorial race in decades.

“It was an extraordinary abuse of power,” Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, told the newspaper.

When the newspaper attempted to obtain documents related to Kemp’s “investigation,” his office claimed attorney-client privilege.

“I think they got desperate and felt like they just had to make something up,” the Abrams campaign’s director of strategic communications said.

What appears to have happened, according to the investigative report, is that a Georgia voter with a background in software development logged on to the secretary of state’s My Voter Page to check his registration information. While there, he found “two significant security flaws”: one allowed users to download any file on the system, and the other allowed users to “download anyone’s data,” including personally identifiable information.

According to the Journal-Constitution:

Computer security experts said both flaws would have enabled a hacker to delete any voter’s registration or to make changes that might render a voter ineligible. The experts also said hackers could have systematically targeted large numbers of voters who belonged to certain minority groups or those who appeared to favor one political party over another.

The man who discovered all of this sounded the alarm by alerting a good-governance group and the voter-protection hotline at the Georgia Democrats’ headquarters, according to the report. That was how the Democrats became involved.

Eventually, lawyers representing the secretary of state were notified of the security vulnerability. And you can guess what Kemp did with that information. (One thing he didn’t do is notify the State Election Board, the newspaper said.)

Per the report:

About the same time, Kemp’s campaign released its own statement, claiming that Democrats had attempted “a fourth-quarter Hail Mary pass that was intercepted in the end zone.”

“These power-hungry radicals should be held accountable for their criminal behavior,” the campaign said.

The two statements shaped the narrative of the final hours before Election Day.

Read the entire report. - Download Hi-Res Songs

1 Thomas Rhett

Look What God Gave Her flac

Thomas Rhett. 2019. Writer: Thomas Rhett;Rhett Akins;Julian Bunetta;John Ryan;Jacob Kasher;Ammar Malik.
2 Little Big Town

Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time flac

Little Big Town. 2019. Writer: Thomas Rhett;Karen Fairchild;The Stereotypes;Jesse Frasure;Ashley Gorley.
3 Iselin Solheim

Anyone Out There flac

Iselin Solheim. 2019. Writer: Iselin Solheim;Max Grahn.
4 Kim Petras

Heart To Break flac

Kim Petras. 2018. Writer: Cirkut;Aaron Joseph;Dr. Luke;Jacob Kasher;Kim Petras.
5 Florian Picasso

Midnight Sun (Extended Version) flac

Florian Picasso. 2019.
6 Florian Picasso

Midnight Sun flac

Florian Picasso. 2019.
7 21 Savage

Enzo flac

21 Savage. 2019. Writer: YungLunchBox;Sheck Wes;Offset;Gucci Mane;21 Savage;DJ Snake.
8 Pescro

SUKA flac

Pescro. 2019.
9 Julie Bergan

Don't Give Up On Me Now flac

Julie Bergan. 2019. Writer: R3hab;Ferruccio Tebaldi;Iselin;Maria Jane Smith;Mateusz Dziewulski;Victor Thell.
10 Half An Orange

Buzz Lightyear (WRLD Remix) flac

Half An Orange. 2019.
11 Rachael Yamagata

Is It You flac

Rachael Yamagata. 2019.
12 Jason Tam & Will Roland

The Squip Enters 320kbps

Jason Tam & Will Roland. 2019.
13 Stephanie Hsu

I Love Play Rehearsal 320kbps

Stephanie Hsu. 2019.
14 Will Roland

More Than Survive (Reprise) 320kbps

Will Roland. 2019.
15 Be More Chill Original Broadway Band

Jeremy's Theme (Instrumental) 320kbps

Be More Chill Original Broadway Band. 2019.
16 Will Roland, George Salazar & Be More Chill Original Broadway Ensemble

More Than Survive 320kbps

Will Roland, George Salazar & Be More Chill Original Broadway Ensemble. 2019.
17 Gerard Canonico & Be More Chill Original Broadway Ensemble

The Squip Song 320kbps

Gerard Canonico & Be More Chill Original Broadway Ensemble. 2019.
18 Lauren Marcus & Katlyn Carlson

Do You Wanna Ride 320kbps

Lauren Marcus & Katlyn Carlson. 2019.
19 Jason Tam, Will Roland & Be More Chill Original Broadway Ensemble

Be More Chill, Pt. 2 320kbps

Jason Tam, Will Roland & Be More Chill Original Broadway Ensemble. 2019.
20 Will Roland & George Salazar

Two-Player Game 320kbps

Will Roland & George Salazar. 2019.

Suggested posts

Other David Boddiger's posts