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Hackers Told to Break into U.S. Voting Machines Didn't Have Much Trouble


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Artist's impression of a voting booth.

Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems.

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Hackers at this year's Def Con hacker conference successfully exploited weaknesses in U.S. voting systems, demonstrating that many machines could be hijacked and abused through their Internet connections.

Nordic Innovation Labs' Harri Hursti said nearly all of the exploitable equipment showcased at Def Con's Voting Village is still being used in U.S. elections, with vendors continuing to sell them despite the presence of serious flaws.

Events at the Voting Village included the demonstration of a $10-million experimental voting system from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Local election officials cited a lack of information on the security of state voter registration systems, and Hursti added that vendors have threatened litigation to discourage research into product security, rather than correcting their equipment's weaknesses.

Hursti said, "Everyone claiming we can fix this by 2020 is giving a false sense of security."

From The Washington Post
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