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Hackers issue voting machine security warning in US

By Alexander J Martin, technology reporter
Just weeks ahead of the crucial US midterm elections, security experts are warning that America's voting systems are still vulnerable to being hacked.
Attackers could manipulate the outcome of November's votes which will establish the support that President Trump has in Congress for the rest of his term, according to those warnings.
A 50-page report produced by the organisers of the DEF CON hacker convention has been published alongside a complaint that Congress is not doing enough to protect voting systems.That criticism follows a bipartisan bill known as the Secure Elections Act, which intends to promote cyber security around elections, failed to be made law by Congress in time to affect the midterms.Among the multiple vulnerable machines and systems to be used in the midterms is one that is "currently used in 23 states [and] is vulnerable to be remotely hacked via a network attack".The report said this was "because the device in question is a high-speed unit designed to process a high volume of ballots for an entire county, hacking just one of these machines could enable an attacker to flip the Electoral College and determine the outcome of a presidential election".There are many different ways that attackers could attempt to influence an election, some of which would be easier to detect than others.Some hybrid attacks could suppress voter registrations by attacking the registration websites, while others could seek to promote a preferred candidate by attacking their rivals.In July, the US charged a dozen Russian intelligence operatives with hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as well as Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as part of the Kremlin's influence campaign during the 2016 US presidential election.

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