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After DNC Hack, Cybersecurity Experts Worry About Old Machines, Vote Tampering

After DNC Hack, Cybersecurity Experts Worry About Old Machines, Vote Tampering

After DNC Hack, Cybersecurity Experts Worry About Old Machines, Vote Tampering

Security experts say that Russian hackers have broken into the computers of not only the Democratic National Committee but other targets as well.

This has raised a new wave of concerns that on Election Day, the votes themselves could be compromised by hackers, potentially tipping the results. Most states have returned to paper-backed voting systems in recent years, but that still leaves vulnerable a number of states that rely solely on machines.

Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science, tells NPR’s Scott Simon that without these paper-backed systems, up to 15 states could be putting their election results at risk. That’s a possible reach of 60 million voters — “enough to swing an election,” Tufekci says.

 

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