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How To Hack An Election Machine And How Partners Can Help Stop It

Symantec demonstrates how to hack a voting machine, and what can be done by partners and state organizations to help prevent an election day attack.

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The Threat Is Real

With the election coming in 35 days, one critical question emerges: How secure are new electronic voting systems? That threat is now a very real concern, FBI Director James Comey said recently, revealing that investigators had found attacking attempts in more than a dozen states' registration sites. Every year, Symantec holds what it calls, "Cyber War Games," where it builds a critical infrastructure target environment and gives employees the chance to attack it and better learn how attackers work and think. In past years, the targets have been a realistic hospital, as well as financial services and bank environments. This year, Symantec looked to take on election machines to help raise awareness of the security concerns facing those systems.

"Putting awareness and a spotlight on this gives people the ability to choose [whether they want to use these systems]," Samir Kapuria, senior vice president and general manager of Symantec's cyber security group, said. "It raises the understanding of the risks of something so critical for a government."

Take a look at what they found.

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