When we talk about cybersecurity and data breaches, one of the more terrifying applications of this is when it comes to our democracy. Hackers who intentionally spent time hacking into voting equipment have released a report detailing vulnerabilities in machines still in use across the country. CNN Politics brought this subject to our attention in their article, “Hackers find voting machines used throughout the US are vulnerable to attack.”

According to the report, each of the more than 100 machines the researchers looked at were vulnerable to at least some kind of attack. This should be of concern to not just lawmakers, but citizens considering the next year will bring a Presidential election.

“The issue is less that skilled hackers can break into election equipment,” Georgetown professor Matt Blaze told CNN, “and more that elections systems as a whole need to both minimize risk and double-check election results with paper ballots after every election.”

Melody K. Smith

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