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11-Year-Old Changes Election Results On Florida’s Website: Defcon 2018

UnknowingFool writes: At this 12 months’s DEFCON, a bunch of 50 kids elderly eight to 16 participated in a hack of 13 imitation election websites. One 11-year-old boy modified the vote casting ends up in 10 mins. A 11 year-old-girl used to be additionally ready to switch the vote casting ends up in 30 mins. Overall, greater than 30 of the 50 kids have been ready to hack the internet sites in some shape. The so-called “DEFCON Voting Machine Hacking Village” allowed children the danger to govern vote tallies, birthday celebration names, candidate names and vote depend totals. The 11-year-old lady used to be ready to triple the selection of votes discovered at the site in underneath 15 mins.

The National Association of Secretaries of State stated in a remark that it’s “ready to work with civic-minded members of the DEFCON community wanting to become part of a proactive team effort to secure our elections.” But the group expressed skepticism over the hackers’ talents to get entry to the true state web pages. “It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols,” it read. “While it is undeniable websites are vulnerable to hackers, election night reporting websites are only used to publish preliminary, unofficial results for the public and the media. The sites are not connected to vote counting equipment and could never change actual election results.”

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