Appearing on Fox and Friends, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf revealed the Iowa Democrat Party declined to have their new caucus app vetted by the department.
Fox News reports Monday night’s Iowa Democratic caucus debacle stemming from an app tied to ex-Hillary Clinton campaign staffers is “concerning,” Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf said Tuesday.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” with co-host Steve Doocy, Wolf said that the DHS cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency had offered to test the app from a “hacking perspective,” but the party had declined.
“They declined and so we are seeing a couple of issues with it,” he told Doocy.
The app, which was supposed to help the Iowa Democrats quickly report the caucus results, instead contributed to confusion and a muddled result as campaigns were in an uproar.
Shadow, a tech firm that describes itself as a group that creates “a permanent advantage for progressive campaigns and causes through technology,” is the company that created the app, according to The New York Times.
At least the COO, CEO, CTO and a senior product manager at Shadow all worked for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, according to LinkedIn profiles.
DOOCY: So, everybody’s been talking about this app.
DOOCY: It was going to change everything. As it turns out, behind the scenes, before they used it last night, DHS had offered to what the app?
WOLF: So, our cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency has offered to test that app from a hacking perspective. They declined. And so, we’re seeing a couple of issues with it. I would say right now, we don’t see any malicious cyberactivity going on.
DOOCY: Nobody hacked into it?
WOLF: No one hacked into it, so this is more of a stress or a load issue, as well as a reporting issue that we’re seeing in Iowa.
But what I would say is that given the amount of scrutiny that we have on election security these days, this is a concerning event and it really goes to the public confidence of our elections.