Hackers at convention to ferret out election system bugs


LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Def Con, one of the world’s largest hacker conventions, will serve as a laboratory for breaking into voting machines this week, extending its efforts to identify potential security flaws in technology that may be used in the November U.S. elections.

FILE PHOTO: Hackers try to access and alter data from an electronic poll books in a Voting Machine Hacking Village during the Def Con hacker convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., July 29, 2017. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/File Photo

The three-day “Voting Village,” which opens in Las Vegas on Friday, also aims to expose vulnerabilities in devices such as digital poll books and memory-card readers.

Def Con held its first voting village last year after U.S. intelligence agencies concluded the Russian government used hacking in its attempt to support Donald Trump’s 2016 candidacy for president. Moscow has denied the allegations.

FILE PHOTO: A man types into a keyboard during the Def Con hacker convention in Las…

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