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Technology Head of Cyber Ninja Company Auditing Arizona Votes Supports Election Fraud Conspiracy Theory

08:15  01 april  2021
08:15  01 april  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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The head of a company hired to audit the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona 's Maricopa County is a supporter of former President Donald Trump who reportedly promoted election fraud conspiracy theories on social media after Trump lost. Doug Logan, the founder of Florida-based firm Cyber "I'm tired of hearing people say there was no fraud . It happened, it's real, and people better get wise fast," read a tweet by @Lord_Barrister that Logan retweeted in December. "With all due respect, if you can't see the blatant cheating, malfeasence and outright voter fraud , then you are ignorant or lying

State Rep. Mark Finchem, one of the legislature’s leading proponents of the baseless allegations and conspiracy theories claiming former President Donald Trump was cheated out of the 2020 election , is running to be Arizona ’s top elections official. He did praise the rioters on social media, tweeting that that is “What happens when the People feel they have been ignored, and Congress refuses to acknowledge rampant fraud .” Democratic lawmakers asked the FBI to investigate whether he had any role in the riot and unsuccessfully pushed for his expulsion from the Arizona House of Representatives.

The head of a company hired to audit the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona's Maricopa County is a supporter of former President Donald Trump who reportedly promoted election fraud conspiracy theories on social media after Trump lost.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Supporters of former President Donald Trump protest outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County, Arizona on November 7, 2020. © Mario Tama/Getty Supporters of former President Donald Trump protest outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Maricopa County, Arizona on November 7, 2020.

Doug Logan, the founder of Florida-based firm Cyber Ninjas, repeatedly shared pro-Trump election fraud conspiracy theories on a now-deleted Twitter account, according to The Arizona Republic. Logan's firm has been hired by Arizona's GOP-controlled Senate to conduct a new post-election audit of results in the state's most populous county. Multiple recounts and audits have confirmed that Trump lost the county to President Joe Biden by roughly 45,000 votes.

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Arizona election officials said voting with a Sharpie would have no impact on their ballots and they would still be counted. On Wednesday the Republican Attorney General’s Office in Arizona said they were investigating the Sharpie complaints from Maricopa County voters . This video on Twitter shows a woman saying that she saw voters who filled out their ballots with Sharpies and the scanner at the poll station couldn't read their ballots. Some social media users were quick to call out the conspiracy , such as this Arizona voter who voted with the Sharpie pen and had their ballot accepted.

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"I'm tired of hearing people say there was no fraud. It happened, it's real, and people better get wise fast," read a tweet by @Lord_Barrister that Logan retweeted in December.

"With all due respect, if you can't see the blatant cheating, malfeasence and outright voter fraud, then you are ignorant or lying," another retweeted post, this one by @cain_nate, claimed. "77% of Republicans rightfully believe they had their votes stolen."

An archived version of the account that allegedly belonged to Logan remains online, although the it only includes tweets going back to late December. Over the course of a week, the account shared multiple tweets from prominent figures associated with pro-Trump conspiracy theories like former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, the lawyer who promised to unleash "Kraken" lawsuits that would overturn the election results and keep the former president in office.

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The team will be led by Cyber Ninjas , a cyber security company with a focus on application security, working across financial services and government sectors. CyFIR is a digital security and forensics company specializing in enterprise incident response, computer forensics and expert witness support to They also acknowledge a significant number of voters want the additional assurance that a full forensic audit might bring. I look forward to continued cooperation." Because it is an independent audit , leadership will not be directly involved, and members do not expect to comment on any of the processes of

The Republic reports that Logan was also involved in an effort to audit results in Antrim County, Michigan, where human error by a Republican county clerk temporarily showed Biden winning the heavily Republican county in the reporting of unofficial results. Logan claimed to have found errors indicating fraud, although state and local county officials reportedly found multiple problems with his analysis, which they described as biased.

Neither the Cyber Ninjas website, which promotes the slogan "Do you have a Cyber Ninja on your side?", nor the company's LinkedIn page indicate that it has any experience auditing voting machines, software or anything else related to elections. Despite that, Cyber Ninjas was hired as the top company in the audit effort, tasked with overseeing the work of three other companies.

The firms CyFIR LLC, Digital Discovery and Wake Technology Services Inc. are also said to be part of the audit team. Technology from Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, who Gizmodo called "the inventor behind one of the worst inventions of all time" referring to the CueCat home barcode reader, will also reportedly be used in the audit. Pulitzer has claimed that his technology will detect the fraudulent ballots that he believes were cast in the election.

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“Liz Harris, a Arizona State Rep, with some of her volunteers and other concerned citizens, are holding a rally in front of the AZ Statehouse today, Wednesday December 30, 2020 at 6:00 PM. They will be revealing the results of their audit using 800 volunteers and the results of an analysis by mathematician Bobby Piton.” “To prove his theory , Piton identified a subset of about 95,000 of these “phantom sleeper voters ” in Arizona . A group of volunteers led by Liz Harris, candidate for AZ state representative in the 17th district, set out to determine whether these voters existed or whether they were truly phantoms.

Votes cast on election day typically leaned heavily Republican while those cast early and absentee ballots leaned heavily Democratic, partially due to the skepticism of mail in voting mostly from Trump and fellow Republicans.[83] However, Arizona and several other Sun Belt states had the opposite effect. In the latter race, former police sergeant Paul Penzone defeated Republican Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a controversial figure who utilized resources to perpetuate conspiracy theories about Barack Obama's birth certificate and engage in police misconduct, prison overcrowding, racial profiling, and a

The results of the election in Maricopa County have already been confirmed multiple times. Most recently, the Arizona Senate hired two independent firms to conduct election audits that were released in February and found that the certified results showing that Biden had won were correct. The audits, like many other examinations of the election results, found no credible evidence of any massive fraud.

Trump lost the national popular vote Biden by more than 7 million votes, while he was defeated in the Electoral College by a count of 306 to 232. Regardless of what seemed to be an unambiguous defeat, Trump and many of his allies immediately protested the results and launched dozens of failed lawsuits attempting to overturn the outcome. Biden's victory was officially certified by Congress hours after a mob of angry Trump supporters, fueled by false claims that the election had been "stolen," violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Newsweek reached out to Cyber Ninjas for comment.

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Arizona vote recount contractor releases privacy policies .
PHOENIX (AP) — A contractor overseeing the Arizona Senate's unprecedented recount of 2.1 million ballots from the November election complied Thursday with a court order and released its policies for ensuring voter privacy and ballot secrecy. The release of three documents by Florida-based Cyber Ninjas came a day after a Maricopa County judge refused to allow the company or the Republican-led Senate to keep the material secret and ordered it made public. Judge Daniel Martin gave them a day to appeal, but they declined.

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