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The Race to Secure Voting Tech Gets an ­rgent Jumpstart

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American citizens exercising their right to vote.

A new report by think tank the Atlantic Council and hacking conference DefCon finds there is an urgent need to secure U.S. voting systems ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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There is an urgent need to secure U.S. voting systems ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report by the Atlantic Council think tank and hacking conference DefCon.

The report is based on DefCon's three-day Voting Village hacking event in July, during which hundreds of hackers were allowed to physically interact with, and try to compromise, U.S. voting machines for the first time ever.

"The technical community...has attempted to raise alarms about these threats for some years," says Atlantic Council CEO Frederick Kempe. "Recent revelations have made clear how vulnerable the very technologies we use to manage our records, cast our votes, and tally our results really are."

The report says a significant change is needed in the U.S. to address security issues at every point in the election workflow, from developing more secure voting machines to sourcing trustworthy hardware.

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