Ohio County ‘shocked’ after Mike Lindell Event shares data from its computers, spurs FBI probe
Ohio county ‘shocked’ after screenshots of its computer system shared at MyPillow founder Mike Lindell’s cyber symposium in August to promote baseless allegations of voter fraud .
Lindell has been a primary proponent of former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was “rigged” or “stolen” in favor of President Joe Biden. Although Lindell and others continue to spread disinformation, the “evidence” they presented to support their theory has been constantly discredited and debunked.
At a cyber-symposium hosted by Lindell in August, screenshots of a Lake County computer system not involved in the conduct of the election were shared as alleged “evidence” of electoral fraud, The Washington Post first reported on Friday.
The Lake County official quickly began to look into the issue, confused by how and why the information was used in Lindell’s event.
“We were shocked that the sleepy little Lake County of Lake, where no one had ever suggested electoral malfeasance, was suddenly splashed around a cyber-symposium,” the Lake County auditor told Cleveland.com, Christopher Galloway.
Galloway said he quickly began working with county and state officials to see how the data was accessed and shared.
Galloway pointed out that the screenshots and data shared at the Lindell Symposium were “a lot of nothing.” He explained that “it was a copier talking to a desk saying ‘I’m still waiting for you to send me a print job.'”
He told Cleveland.com that someone in the Lake County Commissioners’ offices appears to have plugged a laptop into an Ethernet port on the day of the Ohio primary on May 4 to access and copy fake data for several time.
State and county officials have shared their findings with the FBI, which is reportedly investigating. However, they confirmed that no significant data was compromised.
“We are delighted that our infrastructure has remained strong,” said Ross McDonald, director of the Lake County Board of Elections, at the To post.
McDonald also told Cleveland.com that Electoral Council data is “entirely segmented from county networks,” saying there is no way anyone can violate the electoral system.
“Cyber security has taken a strong hold in Ohio electoral councils,” he said.
Galloway said News week that “neither myself nor my IT team have had any contact with Mr. Lindell or his associates,” in an email Saturday.
A spokesperson for the Secretary of State’s office claimed there was “no breach” of sensitive data when it was reached by News week. The secretary of state’s office told Cleveland.com that its findings have been sent to the FBI and the state attorney general for further investigation.
Lindell told the To post that the data was released to the symposium by a “rogue” participant without their approval.
“It’s worrying that someone – especially someone in a government office, someone who is an elected official or someone who is part of the county government – does not realize that all these guarantees exist and tries to engage in some sort of self-defense investigation, “Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, a Republican, told To post. “The good news is that our cybersecurity system in Ohio is among the best in the country.”
Although Lindell’s efforts failed to uncover credible evidence of widespread electoral fraud, he continues to claim he will challenge the 2020 election results directly to the Supreme Court with the support of attorneys general. States. He said he believed the High Court would decide 9-0 to overturn the presidential election results.
Despite Trump and Lindell’s claims, no evidence has been presented to support their theories. On the contrary, more than 60 election challenge lawsuits have failed in state and federal courts. Even judges appointed by Trump and other Republicans have dismissed the allegations. Meanwhile, audits and recounts across the country have consistently reaffirmed Biden’s victory.
Former US Attorney General William Barr, who was widely regarded as one of Trump’s most loyal cabinet members, said in December that there was “no evidence” of widespread fraud that would alter the election results.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency claimed the 2020 election was “the safest in American history” while still being led by a person appointed by Trump last year.