Posts tagged with "Cyber Ninjas"

Draft report of Arizona sham audit confirms Biden’s win over Trump

September27, 2021

A draft report of a partisan audit of the 2020 presidential election results commissioned by Arizona State Senate Republicans confirms President Joe Biden’s win over Donald Trump in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county—by a larger margin than election results documented, The Arizona Republic first reported Thursday, September 23.

According to HuffPost, the county confirmed the conclusion on Twitter but did not release the text of the three-volume report, led by contractor Cyber Ninjas. Instead, it slammed the report as being

What’s more, not only did the draft report fail to show that the election was “stolen” from Trump, as he has falsely claimed for many months, but it also showed that Biden actually won by a larger margin than the official election results showed, according to The New York Times.

The draft report shows that 99 additional votes were cast for Biden and 261 fewer votes were cast for Trump in Arizona’s largest county, per the Times. 

The official results were set to be presented to the Arizona state Senate on Friday afternoon. Multiple early versions of the report circulated ahead of time and were obtained by various media outlets, also including The Washington Post and Politico.

Maricopa County Board Chair Jack Sellers said in a statement that the results of the draft report demonstrate that the tabulation equipment counted the ballots as they were designed to do. He slammed the audit process.

“I hope those holding on to their anger for the past 10 months will see the truth and put their energy into supporting the democratic process instead of tearing it down,” he said.

On Thursday night, Trump shared a statement ahead of the draft report’s release.

“Everybody will be watching Arizona tomorrow to see what the highly respected auditors and Arizona State Senate found out regarding the so-called Election!” he said.

Even some Republicans who initially backed the “audit” have come to regret it.

“It makes us look like idiots,” State Senator Paul Boyer of suburban Phoenix said in May. “I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point.”

Research contact: @HuffPost

Arizona Senate must turn over Cyber Ninjas records related to election audit, appeals court says

August 23, 2021

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday, August 19, that the state Senate must turn over records from the contractor hired to conduct the review of Maricopa County’s 2020 election, AZ Central reports.

It’s the second consecutive day that a court has ruled against the Arizona Senate in its fight over records related to the audit, including email and other communications.

The Court of Appeals said in a Thursday order that documents from Cyber Ninjas, the lead contractor on the audit, are public records. A Superior Court judge already ruled the same way, but the Senate appealed the decision.

State Senate President Karen Fann (R-Prescott), said she would appeal this decision, too.

The Senate has argued that it will turn over records in its possession; but does not need to provide records held by Cyber Ninjas, because they are not covered by the Arizona Public Records Law. The courts have disagreed.

“The Senate defendants, as officers and a public body under the (records law), have a duty to maintain and produce public records related to their official duties,” the Appeals Court judges wrote in Thursday’s decision.

“This includes the public records created in connection with the audit of a separate governmental agency, authorized by the legislative branch of state government and performed by the Senate’s agents. … The requested records are no less public records simply because they are in the possession of a third party, Cyber Ninjas.”

Fann said Thursday the Senate will appeal the decision to the Arizona Supreme Court because she thinks it sets a bad precedent to have emails between a state contractor like Cyber Ninjas and its subcontractors subject to the Public Records Law.

“If this were to win, anybody that does business with a municipality, they would be subject to open records requests,” Fann said. “I have never asked (Cyber Ninjas) for (the records). They are private between a private company and their clients.”

She said the Senate can’t provide communications between Cyber Ninjas and subcontractors because the Senate has never had possession of those documents.

“We are not trying to hide anything at all,” Fann said. “We have nothing to hide.”

The court’s decision upholds a ruling of a lower court that said the records are public, and the judges did not set a date by which the Senate needs to provide them.

On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Kemp ordered the Senate to turn over audit-related records that are in its possession by August 31.

The lawsuit was brought by American Oversight, a nonprofit group founded in part by former Obama administration officials to investigate the Trump Administration. The group first requested, then sued for, a variety of records, including communications between the Senate and Cyber Ninjas.

Research contact: @azcentral

Arizona official: Voting machines are unusable because recount firm broke ‘chain of custody’

May 24, 2021

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs informed Maricopa County officials on Thursday, May 20, that hundreds of the state’s vote-tabulating machines should no longer be used because there is no way of knowing whether they were tampered with while out of the county’s custody and under the control of State Senate Republicans and the controversial Cyber Ninjas company conducting the recount of last November’s presidential vote, HuffPost reports.

Hobbs wrote the letter to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors after being advised of the problem by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  New machines reportedly could cost the state millions of dollars.

According to HuffPost, “This represents the latest astonishing snafu in a circus recount of 2.1 million Maricopa County votes by a company that has no experience with ballots or elections and that is run by a right-wing conspiracy theorist who was convinced months ago that any audit would turn up hundreds of thousands of votes for Donald Trump.”

The Ninjas are subjecting ballots to ultraviolet light in an outlandish hunt for bamboo fibers, which they are convinced would be evidence of tampering by China.

Hobbs said a strict “chain of custody” procedure to safeguard the integrity of votes was broken when the county was forced last month to turn over voting machines to Senate Republicans and the Cyber Ninjas, who then had total control without supervision. Critics are convinced that countless ballots have already been altered, stolen, trashed or gone missing.

Such a break in the chain of custody constitutes a serious “cyber incident to critical infrastructure — an incident that could jeopardize the confidentiality, integrity and availability of digital information,” Hobbs warned. Access must be strictly limited and tracked, she noted, but Cyber Ninjas’ procedures, “if any,” are unknown, and “troubling security lapses” have been witnessed.

If the county uses the machines again, Hobbs said, her office would consider “decertification proceedings” that would ban their utilization.

The list of missteps by Cyber Ninjas is driving a wedge between Republicans in the state. State GOP Senator Paul Boyer said earlier this month that he regrets initially supporting the recount. “It makes us look like idiots,” he said of the vote audit launched by Senate Republicans. “I didn’t think it would be this ridiculous. It’s embarrassing to be a state senator at this point.”

Early last week, former President Donald Trump furiously complained about voter files that the Cyber Ninjas were unable to find—but only because workers had no idea where to look, said the head of the county’s Board of Supervisors, Jack Sellers, a Republican.

The head of county elections, Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer, also a Republican, called Trump “unhinged” for parroting—then amplifying—Cyber Ninjas’ lies.

Indeed, the county board fired off a scathing letter Monday to the president of the state Senate demanding an immediate end to the audit that has “become a spectacle that is harming all of us.”

Sellers called the operation a “circus” involving “purple lights and spinning tables” and hunts for bamboo, which are “not things that serious auditors of elections do. You are photographing ballots and … sending those images to unidentified places and people,” the letter stated.

“It is time to end this,” the letter concluded. “For the good of the Senate, for the good of the Country, and for the good of the Democratic institutions that define us as Americans.”

The Arizona vote was certified nearly six months ago by Republican Governor Doug Ducey after several recounts failed to find any irregularities. Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump by 10,457 votes in the state. Biden edged out his rival by more than 2 percentage points―about 45,000 votes―in Maricopa County.

Research contact: @HuffPost