US Cybersecurity Director Expecting To Be Fired After Refusing To Edit Page Debunking Election Hacking Myths

from the ridiculousness-in-a-bag dept

One of the few parts of the federal government that hasn’t dissolved into a complete partisan trash heap was the newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a division of Homeland Security that was created as part of the problematic CISA bill five years ago. While we were disappointed in many aspects of the bill itself, as an organization CISA has done some pretty good work in coordinating and dealing with cybersecurity threats. Throughout the tech industry I’ve heard nothing but good things about CISA as a government organization, and its director Chris Krebs (as well as the staff of CISA). Indeed, I’ve heard from many companies preparing for this year’s election how useful CISA has been in providing clear and useful information regarding potential cybersecurity threats.

Relatedly, CISA has an excellent Rumor Control page that debunks various myths about potential cybersecurity risks regarding the election. It’s very good and very thorough. And, in fact, it debunks many of the myths that various Trumpists have been spreading around social media in pretty clear and concise language:

It appears that the White House has finally realized this exists and decided it’s not a good look for its own organization to be debunking the very same myths that the White House itself is trying to boost and spread as real. The White House apparently asked Krebs to have the page changed, and Krebs rejected the request. He’s now telling colleagues he expects to be fired for standing up for the truth and against nonsense about election hacks.

White House officials have asked for content to be edited or removed which pushed back against numerous false claims about the election, including that Democrats are behind a mass election fraud scheme. CISA officials have chosen not to delete accurate information.

In particular, one person said, the White House was angry about a CISA post rejecting a conspiracy theory that falsely claims an intelligence agency supercomputer and program, purportedly named Hammer and Scorecard, could have flipped votes nationally. No such system exists, according to Krebs, election security experts and former U.S. officials.

The article notes that an assistant director at CISA, Bryan Ware, has handed in his resignation and it is believed that this was demanded from the White House related to this particular issue.

Krebs deserves kudos for standing up for truth and a secure election, rather than to be fired for it, while Trump continues to lie, obstruct and pretend he didn’t lose the election.

Oh, and thanks to the White House for driving a ton more traffic to CISA’s super useful Rumor Control website.

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That One Guy (profile) says:

That must have been a fun conversation

‘So we’ve been making all these baldfaced lies and baseless claims and there you are, a government agency and therefore someone who owes your undying loyalty to The Almighty Trump, running a site telling people what liars we are! We demand that you take al that down right away so we can get back to lying!’

‘Uhh… no?’

Major kudos to Bryan Ware for sticking to his guns there and refusing to be complicit in sabotaging his agency just so Trump’s cult could continue lying unchecked, I could but wish that more in the USG were so principled.

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Bobinator says:

Overton Bubbles are radicalizing.

First of all, for the specific example you posted here Mike, the CISA, and any security org, should clearly know better than to pawn off data structuring and data quality problems around birth dates as "just things states normally do because computer reasons". This is like the Chicago PD posting a debunking page about Chicago Murders and stating "There’s legal due process, they don’t happen in our state because guns, it’s normal". Is the public supposed to accept this at face value? The bar ought to be a lot higher. You yourself know what is involved in computer forensics and prooving out a case; generalizing like this is just not professional.

Second, the CISA, whom I will state is still respect-worthy despite this kind of malarky, shouldn’t be discussing election security measures except for technical measures that should be implimented or specific cases and intel about security events. That’s their place and they do a damn good job at it. Debunking rumors or myths is not something they should be doing until they are accused or a specific situation arises. They should also not be doing so when there are public statements about Biden admitting publicly he is engaging in election fraud and HOW he’s doing it (flood with fraudulent ballots in key areas then delay the legal process) intentionally per the below link (and caveat, what Biden said here can be taken out of context so the entire video is linked, decide for yourself):

This just adds gasoline to the fire.

Given the contentious time, any reasonable executive org would demand a resignation. Want to Debunk things? Be objective. This is not objective.

What I find very dangerous about this article, and what TechDirt is putting up on their site specifically in this article, is a willful ignorance about facts and the confusion of sensationalism with jounralistic riguer.

The election has not yet been certified by all states, there are ongoing lawsuites and election recounts in several states with margins slim enough they could flip the election. Furthermore, some of the lawsuits such as the the Pensylvania state supreme court has decided not to rule on a determination if voters rights are equal (A mail in ballot is not equal to an in person ballot becuase the individual mailing in their ballot was granted more time) which is a constitutional issue at both the state and federal level and SCOTUS has requested to be the one who determines issues of voter equality.

Also, the pensylvania legal firm, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, who given a mostly republican SCOTUS (and who have axes to grind specifically at biden BTW) at this point, is confident in winning, was recently Dox’d then flooded with hate mail and death threats and dropped from representing the republicans.

When I see the failure to do basic fact checking or present the state of an election objectively or even factually, I begin wondering if the legal points made in the articles are advisable and it leads me to the conclusion that a news source is not trustworthy. Certainly the MSM incessingly and unprecidentedly attacking Trump has been a test of that; when a rich man threatens to take away the wealth from the wealthy, they might as well spend every last nickel they have latching on to power and fortune.

Please stop pouring gas on the fire with sensationalism. It will only ruin your reputation but it injures people by wasting their time with anxiety and guilt they don’t need.

Tanner Andrews (profile) says:

you won’t have to listen to his lies for much longer

It will still seem like a rather long time.

Of course there are the Faux News folks who will likely continue to repeat the lies long after the small-fingered cheeto-faced ferret-wearing shitgibbon is fading in our rear-view mirrors. So we should be hearing the lies for a good, long time. Of at least a long time.

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