Tuesday, 14 August 2018

11-year-old boy hacks into replica US vote website in 10 minutes

An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida’s election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organisers said, stoking concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes.

The boy was the quickest of 35 children, ages six to 17, who all eventually hacked into copies of the
websites of six swing states during the three-day Def Con security convention over the weekend,
the event said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Def Con said the event was meant to test the strength of the US election infrastructure and details of
the vulnerabilities would be passed onto the states.


The National Association of Secretaries of State – who are responsible for tallying votes – said it
welcomed the convention’s efforts.

But it said the actual systems used by states would have additional protections.

“It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilise unique networks
and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols,” the association said.

The hacking demonstration came as concerns swirl about election system vulnerabilities before mid-term state and federal elections.


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