Maricopa Doubling Down

The other day I noted that Maricopa County had basically admitted that its election system network was compromised. Now they’re explaining exactly how, and how badly.

County spokesman Fields Moseley told the Washington Examiner that county IT professionals made the determination that information contained in the routers “can be used as blueprints to intercept sensitive county data” across more than 50 different departments.

“The routers the Senate subpoena commanded the county produce support all of these departments, not just elections operations. This includes critical law enforcement data that, by law, cannot be disclosed, as well as Maricopa County residents’ protected health information and full social security numbers,” Moseley said.

Fifty departments. On one network. Since it’s a bit unlikely that all fifty are located in the tabulation and election center, it’s safe to say they’re part of a larger, county-wide network. A county-wide network tied to the Internet. (Doubt it? Try emailing the MCSO, for example.)

I can see how this happened. IT guys designed a secure voting system network. They sent the cost estimate to the bosses, who looked at the expense of an isolated, secure network — routers, hubs, cable runs — and said, “Just use our county network.”

I’m tempted to script a ping/traceroute probe of Maricopa’s IPs, just to see how bad their security is. But I’ll leave that to the pros.

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