Two 11-year-olds altered election results in hacker convention’s replica of U.S. voting system

Two 11-year-olds managed to hack right into a replica of Florida’s election results web site in below 15 minutes and change names and tallies throughout a conference of hackers, organizers mentioned, stoking issues about safety forward of nationwide votes.

The boy and woman have been the quickest of 35 kids, ages 6 to 17, who all finally hacked into copies of the web sites of six swing states through the three-day Def Con safety conference in Las Vegas over the weekend, the occasion mentioned on Twitter on Tuesday.

The occasion was meant to check the energy of U.S. election infrastructure and particulars of the vulnerabilities can be handed onto the states, it added.

The Nationwide Affiliation of Secretaries of State, who’re accountable for tallying votes, mentioned it welcomed the convention’s efforts. Nevertheless it mentioned the precise programs utilized by states would have further protections. 

“It might be extraordinarily tough to copy these programs since many states make the most of distinctive networks and custom-built databases with new and up to date safety protocols,” the affiliation mentioned.

The hacking demonstration got here as issues swirl about election system vulnerabilities earlier than mid-term state and federal elections.

U.S President Donald Trump’s nationwide safety staff warned two weeks in the past that Russia had launched “pervasive” efforts to intervene in the November polls.

Members on the conference modified social gathering names and added as many as 12 billion votes to candidates, the occasion mentioned.

“Candidate names have been modified to Bob Da Builder and Richard Nixon’s head, the conference tweeted.

The conference linked to what it mentioned was the Twitter account of the profitable boy — named there as Emmett Brewer from Austin, Texas.

A screenshot posted on the account confirmed he had managed to alter the title of the profitable candidate on the replica Florida web site to his personal and gave himself billions of votes.

The convention’s Voting Village additionally aimed to show safety points in different programs resembling digital ballot books and memory-card readers.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/def-con-hacking-convention-voter-village-1.4784803?cmp=rss

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