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Tensions Flare as Hackers Root Out Flaws in Voting Machines

• by Robert McMillan and Dustin Volz

Hackers at the Defcon computer security conference believe they can help prevent manipulation of U.S. elections. Some election officials and makers of voting machines aren't so sure.

That tension was front and center at Defcon's second-annual Voting Village, where computer hackers are invited to test the security of commonly used election machines. Organizers see the event as an early test of U.S. election security and a counterpunch to potential outside interference. On the first day of the event, which runs through Sunday, hackers were able to swap out software, uncover network plug-ins that shouldn't have been left working, and uncover other ways for unauthorized actors to manipulate the vote.

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