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Old 12-08-18, 03:01
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Default Hacking the US mid-terms? It's child's play

This story is from BBC News Technology:

Hacking the US mid-terms? It's child's play - BBC News
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Bianca Lewis, 11, has many hobbies. She likes Barbie, video games, fencing, singing… and hacking the infrastructure behind the world’s most powerful democracy.

“I’m going to try and change the votes for Donald Trump,” she tells me.

“I’m going to try to give him less votes. Maybe even delete him off of the whole thing.”

Fortunately for the President, Bianca is attacking a replica website, not the real deal.
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More about this in articles from Sophos' Naked Security and The Register:

11-year-old hacker changes election results – Naked Security
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At the DefCon Voting Village in Las Vegas last year, participants proved it was child’s play to hack voting machines: As Wired reported, within two minutes, democracy-tech researcher Carsten Schürmann used a novel vulnerability to get remote access to a WinVote machine.

This year, it was literally child’s play: the DefCon village this past weekend invited 50 kids between the ages of 8 and 16 to compromise replicas of states’ websites in the so-called “DEFCON Voting Machine Hacking Village.”

11-year-old Emmett Brewer is too young to vote, but it turned out that he’s not too young to learn how to change election results on a replica of Florida’s state website… in under 10 minutes, mind you, as the Voting Village announced on Friday...
US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old • The Register
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Pen and paper is still king in America election security

DEF CON Hackers of all ages have been investigating America’s voting machine tech, and the results weren't great.

For instance, one 11-year-old apparently managed to hack and alter a simulated Secretary of State election results webpage in 10 minutes.
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