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The head of the Iowa Democratic Party said Tuesday he had “no knowledge” of a reported offer by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) cyber agency to vet the vote tabulation app that caused delays during the Iowa caucuses on Monday night.
“We had no knowledge of DHS making that offer to us,” Iowa Democratic Party (IDP) Chairman Troy Price said during a press conference to address the handling of the results of the caucus.
Price’s comments came after acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad WolfChad WolfHillicon Valley: Senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests | Amazon pauses police use of its facial recognition tech | FBI warns hackers are targeting mobile banking apps Democratic senators raise concerns over government surveillance of protests Customs chief says drones above protests were not used for surveillance MORE said during an appearance on “Fox and Friends” earlier Tuesday that the state Democratic Party had turned down an offer to vet the app.
“Our Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has offered to test that app from a hacking perspective,” Wolf said, noting that the offer was “declined” and that “we’re seeing a couple of issues with it.”
“I would say right now, we don’t see any malicious cyber activity going on,” he added.
Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
The IDP had said in a statement released Tuesday morning that the app, built by the company Shadow Inc., had “coding issues” resulting in it only reporting “partial data.”
State party officials stressed that the app’s problems had no effect on the vote count and that no cyberattack was involved.
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Shadow is a tech company affiliated with Democratic non-profit Acronym, and has been paid by multiple Democratic candidates including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegScaled-back Pride Month poses challenges for fundraising, outreach Biden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE for text messaging services.
The app was due to be used by the Nevada Democratic Party for vote tabulation during the upcoming Nevada caucuses, but the party announced Tuesday that the app would no longer be used.
The company on Tuesday expressed “regret” over the issues that delayed reporting of the caucus results.
“We sincerely regret the delay in the reporting of the results of last night’s Iowa caucuses and the uncertainty it has caused to the candidates, their campaigns, and Democratic caucus-goers,” the company tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.