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Hackers challenging kids as young as 5 to penetrate voting machines

Hackers at the hacking conference DEFCON 18 are holding a contest this year for kids, awarding prizes to the first and youngest child to penetrate U.S. voting machines.  The conference made headlines last year when every single machine related to voting technology was hacked – some in a matter of hours.

Their point is to show how laughable U.S. election security has become.  They’re doing a damn fine job of that.

ABC News:

Jake Braun, a former White House liaison for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told ABC News that the conference decided to invite young hackers because it would be a “waste of time” to demonstrate that cybersecurity experts can hack election results reporting sites.

“These websites are so easy to hack we couldn’t give them to adult hackers – they’d be laughed off the stage,” Braun told ABC News.  “They thought hacking a voter website was interesting 20 years ago.  We had to give it to kids to actually make it challenging.”

Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at Washington-based nonprofit the Center for Democracy and Technology, said it wasn’t at all surprising that the machines were so quickly breached at last year’s conference […]

Read the full story from American Thinker

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