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Hackers Plan to Break Into 30 Voting Machines to Put Election Meddling to the Test

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Credit: The Political Insider

Hackers at the DefCon convention announced they will attempt to compromise more than 30 voting systems used in recent elections this weekend to determine whether fears of election tampering by malefactors are justified. DefCon founder Jeff Moss says the experiment is motivated by the idea to "start hacking on [the machines] to raise awareness and find out for ourselves what the deal is. I'm tired of reading misinformation about voting system security."

A lack of forensic investigations of voting machines due to bans on such probes by vendor contracts is seen as a warning sign.

The DefCon team will probe the network linking the machines, and physically try to alter them and penetrate their hardware.

Overseeing the initiative are University of Pennsylvania professor Matt Blaze and Finnish computer programmer Harri Hursti. "My hope is that we'll see a broadening of the community of people interested in improving the security of our election system," Blaze says.

From USA Today 
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