Read What A Security Firm Had To Say About The Iowa Caucus App


( – As if the Democrats weren’t concerned about hacking as it relates to election results enough, then comes the Iowa caucus debacle.

In case you haven’t heard yet, the Iowa Democratic Party still hasn’t released full results of Monday night’s caucuses, in part because of irregularities in reporting with a new app they were using that was supposed to make things easier. Those responsible for reporting results from a local level up to the top had problems either logging into the app or reporting results.

Now, a report from ProPublica has surfaced that says the app could easily have been breached by a skilled hacker who is interested in altering the vote totals. One of the precinct chairs in Iowa turned the app over to the publication, which then sent it to Veracode, a Massachusetts security firm, to review. That firm concluded the app didn’t have the basic of protections for transmission, which put the data that was being sent over it in jeopardy of being intercepted and/or changed.

The app, which was produced by Shadow Inc., should have never been released at all, according to officials from Veracode. They said there were “elementary” issues with the app, which should have prevented it from being released.

“It is important for all mobile apps that deal with sensitive data to have adequate security testing, and have any vulnerabilities fixed before being released for use,” Veracode’s CTO, Chris Wysopal, said.

For its part, Shadow is admitting they found a “vulnerability” in the app that they were not aware of before the release. The company’s CEO, Gerard Niemira, defended the integrity of the app, saying there was no “hack or intrusion” of the app during the Iowa caucuses.

“The vote in Iowa was not compromised in any way,” he said. “We are committed to the security of our products, including the app used during the Iowa caucuses. While there were reporting delays, what was most important is that the data was accurate and the caucus reporting process remained secure throughout.”

Even chairs of the caucus in Iowa said they were aware that “the app was a problem” for days before the caucuses started. However, even though there were complaints, officials within the state didn’t train officials at the county level about how to use the Shadow app. Local members of the party also had trouble downloading it, getting a secure PIN to log into it or opening the app once they were able to get a PIN.

As of Thursday afternoon, 96% of precincts in the Iowa caucuses had reported results for the Democrats. The results to date show a narrow race between Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders for the lead. Buttigieg won 11 delegates with 26.2% of the votes, while Sanders also had 11 delegates and 26.1% of the votes.

Behind those two leaders is Elizabeth Warren with five delegates and 18.2% of the vote. Joe Biden is a distant fourth. He garnered only 15.8% of the votes as of Thursday afternoon, with no delegates his way.