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In a statement regarding the event, the National Association of Secretaries of State said it is "ready to work with civic-minded members of the DEFCON community wanting to become part of a proactive team effort to secure our elections." But the organization expressed skepticism over the hackers' abilities to access the actual state websites.
"It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols," it read. "While it is undeniable websites are vulnerable to hackers, election night reporting websites are only used to publish preliminary, unofficial results for the public and the media. The sites are not connected to vote counting equipment and could never change actual election results."'
originally posted by: Irishhaf
I didn't read all the articles I found when I googled it.. I am unfamilar with the way DefCon does their work, I also just woke up and havent had caffine so go easy on me.
Were they hacking a web site, or a replica machine? cause the articles I read seemed to imply both.
Lastly I am a few years out of date but aren't those machines supposed to never be connected to the internet, to prevent any sort of large scale hacking?
While a web site hack is not really anything new or unusal, and any information changed would still be verifiable by the unchanged votes right?
originally posted by: xuenchen
I think this story is just a ruse to make people automatically believe Russians hacked the 2016 election and will hack the 2018 election.
Red Herring cooking lessons.