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Hack the Vote: The Simulation of Vote Hacking at DEF CON

Hacktivists’ demos warn that elections are hackable.

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DEF CON, started in 1992 by the Dark Tangent, is the world’s largest running and underground hacking conference held annually at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. It is a convention attended by various people from hackers, to journalists, to lawyers, to cybersecurity professionals, to federal government employees. At the second annual DEF CON Voting Village, a part of the convention that seeks to exploit voting machines to better understand vulnerabilities, an 11-year old boy managed to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website, making it appear that 2016 independent presidential candidate Darrell Castle won the state. An 11-year-old girl also managed to make changes to the same Florida replica site in about 15 minutes, tripling the number of votes there.

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