National: State officials bristle as researchers — and kids — at Def Con simulate election hacks | The Washington Post
For the second year in a row, hackers at the Def Con computer security conference in Las Vegas set out to show just how vulnerable U.S. elections are to digital attacks. At one gathering geared for kids under 17, elementary school-aged hackers cracked into replicas of state election websites with apparent ease. At the Def Con Voting Village, a section of the conference that showcased hands-on hacks, security researchers picked apart voting machines and exposed new flaws that could potentially upend a race. And hackers got close to being able to manipulate a heavily-guarded mock voter registration database. But during the weekend-long hack-a-thon, these faux election hackers had a hard time winning over some of the people they wanted to reach most.