Kids at hacking conference show how easily US elections could be sabotaged60dc391845b81187d60958acfcbe2f79August 22, 2018 am31 9:00 am

Changing recorded votes would be difficult for bad actors. But at Def Con in Las Vegas, children had no trouble finding another point of entry

At the world’s largest hacking conference, there was good news and bad news for fans of free and fair elections.

The good news is that hacking the US midterms – actually changing the recorded votes to steal the election for a particular candidate – may be harder than it seems, and most of the political actors who could pose a threat to the validity of an election are hesitant to escalate their attacks that far.

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It took an 11-year-old girl 10 minutes to do it

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