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Hackers show how easy it is to break into voting machines

Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-31 14:31:53-04

Las Vegas is at the center of a cyber security discussion, after hackers got into five different voting machines at a convention over the weekend. 

Voter security has been thrown into the spotlight after suspicions of Russian cyber attacks.

Over the weekend, hackers at the Defcon convention were able to crack into five different simulated voting machines.  The hackers took machines apart, and plugged computers into ports where you get the results.  It only took about 90 minutes to crack into the system.  

13 Action News met up with officials with the Clark County Registrar of Voters.  They say they have several layers of protection to prevent hacking.  First of all, the machines are not connected to WiFi, which could make them vulnerable.  Also, the machines are guarded with physical seals. If somebody were to tamper with the machine, like what the hackers did over the weekend, county officials would know about it.  

"These machines aren't sitting out alone like ATMs," says Joe Gloria, with the Registrar of Voters.  "We have people who are working the process, and they know how to check the machines to make sure they haven't been tampered with physically."