Controversial firm Dominion Voting Systems accused of flipping votes during the 2020 US Elections used hacked Orion platform software by SolarWinds.
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Recently, hackers managed to hide malicious code in a software update for a tool called SolarWinds Orion. The espionage attack targeted American Treasury and Commerce departments.
The malware was designed in a way to not alert the victim to the intrusion, and attackers went to significant lengths to blend into normal activity.
According to their website Dominion Voting Systems also uses SolarWinds software. SolarWinds recommended customers upgrade their Orion platform to a recent version. If customers aren’t able to upgrade immediately, they were urged to disable Internet access for the platform and limit ports and connections to only what is necessary.
A so-called computer “glitch” in the voting machines flipping votes during the 2020 US Elections has caused a major controversy. The source and ownership of the voting machines used in the elections has become an urgent issue because of real fears that hackers, whether foreign or domestic, might tamper with the mechanics of the voting system.
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However, GreatGameIndia has found that the vendors and not hackers maybe behind the rigging. One of the vendors, a Denver-based Canadian Crown Agent company Dominion Voting Systems has a long history of allegation of election rigging and interference in elections of various nations, including census data theft in India and interference in US Elections of 2020.
Witnesses have come forward to say that Dominion products were connected to the Internet during the Nov. 3 election, raising concerns about security.
According to the witness affidavit of a high ranking military officer the Smartmatic software also used in Dominion Voting machines were specifically designed in a way that the system could change the vote of each voter without being detected in order to steal US Elections.
The Chairman of the US Federal Election Commission Trey Trainor believes voter fraud is taking place in states still counting ballots and that the 2020 US Presidential Elections is illegitimate.
However, looking at the agencies who use the software that was used as a launchpad for the hacks, the breach could go right to the heart of America’s national security apparatus.
The Pentagon is SolarWinds Orion’s biggest customer along with the US Army and the Navy. The Department of Veterans Affairs, which is heavily involved in the U.S. response to Covid-19, is another Orion client and the biggest spender on the tool in recent years. In August, it renewed its Orion license in a $2.8 million order. The National Institutes of Health, DHS and the FBI are also amongst the many branches of the U.S. government that have previously bought the tool.
Though it’s not clear whether it uses the Orion tool, the DHS’s own Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a SolarWinds customer too, buying $45,000-worth of licenses in 2019. The U.S. Cyber Command also spent over $12,000 on SolarWinds tools in the same year.