On Thursday, Cyber Ninjas, the Florida-based cybersecurity firm that conducted the controversial partisan "audit" of votes in Maricopa County, Arizona, announced that it was laying off all of its employees, including CEO Doug Logan, and shutting down.
This comes shortly after a report from the Associated Press that the company was held in contempt by an Arizona judge for blocking access to records over its practices during the audit, and faces a fine of $50,000 per day for every day that it fails to turn over the documents.
Shut down comes as the company remains mired in legal disputes over public records and was sanctioned with $50,000 fine today for each day it doesn\u2019t turn over records. Abrupt fall for a company that led a high profile effort celebrated by Trump and GOP months ago— Sam Levine (@Sam Levine) 1641518765
Cyber Ninjas was hired by the Arizona State Senate to conduct the audit, partially at taxpayer expense, in the hopes of confirming former President Donald Trump's conspiracy theories about the election being stolen. The audit faced criticism from the start for its lack of transparency to the press and for pursuing fanciful lines of investigation, like searching for bamboo fibers in ballots to prove they were fabricated in Asia. Even some pro-Trump commentators blasted the effort as an embarrassment.
Ultimately, the investigation failed to find any evidence the election had been stolen, and actually found more votes for President Joe Biden that had not been counted.