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An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by WNRwrite: 3:33am On Aug 14, 2018
An 11-year-old hacked a government website and changed election results at DEFCON



Last Friday, an 11-year-old apparently managed change election results within 10 minutes. While at this year’s DEFCON, he and many other children were offered the chance to hack into a mock-up of a Secretary of State website, and did so with alacrity.

According to DEFCON spokespeople, the kids were offered 13 replicas of Secretary of State websites, with Florida being the first. 11-year-old Emmett Brewster was able to hack it inside 10 minutes.


 
That’s…wow, what the heck was I doing at 11?

Emmett was one of about 50 children between the ages of 8 and 16 who took part in a kid-specific workshop at this year’s hacker conference. According to Quartz, the kids were able to manipulate various things on the mock websites, including vote counts, candidate names, and party names.

The National Association of Secretaries of State, the organization for public election officials, also issued a statement on the hack:

Our main concern with the approach taken by DEFCON is that it utilizes a pseudo environment which in no way replicates state election systems, networks or physical security. Providing conference attendees with unlimited physical access to voting machines, most of which are no longer in use, does not replicate accurate physical and cyber protections established by state and local governments before and on Election Day. We are also concerned that creating “mock” election office networks and voter registration databases for participants to defend and/or hack is also unrealistic.

That seems a little fussy, doesn’t it? Precisely replicating the physical environment of a voting booth isn’t exactly what these exercises are about, and focusing on that doesn’t address the flaws DEFCON attendees — and apparently at least one child — did find.

Nico Sell, founder of nonprofit r00tz Asylum, which teaches kids about white-hat hacking, told PBS NewsHour the flaws found by Emmett and other children at the event were “the real thing,” also saying:

These are very accurate replicas of all of the sites. These things should not be easy enough for an 8-year-old kid to hack within 30 minutes, it’s negligent for us as a society.

Others have criticized DEFCON’s Voting Village, where attendees attempt to crack voting machines, for providing an unrealistic display of voting circumstance, including Election Systems and Software (ES & S), one of the major providers of election equipment. It was quick to reassure customers the machines wouldn’t actually be as physically accessible on election day as they were at DEFCON.


In response to ES & S, DEFCON officials released a statement criticizing them for avoiding the issue:

ES&S’s unclear comments and threats towards the Voting Village seem to be designed to create questions and cast doubt in the minds of researchers and election officials, discouraging them from pursuing these vital lines of inquiry. At a time when there is significant concern about the integrity of our election system, the public needs now more than ever to know that election equipment has been rigorously evaluated and that vulnerabilities are not just being swept under the rug.

If nothing else, I look forward to seeing the kids to echo the achievement of DEFCONs past by rickrolling mock election websites.


http://wapnetrealm.com/11-year-old-hacked-government-website-changed-election-results-defcon/

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by YoungFr(m): 4:01am On Aug 14, 2018
grin grin grin grin
this is the kind of thing we want in this country, training our kids skills and not SARS busy going around looking for boys with laptop to arrest,
If these kids are in Nigeria I believe they will be tagged as Yahoo boys or girls

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by gistblogger: 5:32am On Aug 14, 2018
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:06am On Aug 14, 2018
.........and an eleven year old in Nigeria is being taught 'A computer is an electronic device bla bla bla........!!'

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by tgmservice: 10:42am On Aug 14, 2018
Chai! am 32 and still learning programming basics

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by sotall(m): 10:42am On Aug 14, 2018
Ok
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by Delight009: 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
cool
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by fuckerstard: 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
Wawu this kain boy go breeze through all 9ja banks like say he dey play mario

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by gmercy713: 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
Good boy smiley

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by chuks34(m): 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
they should send him to Nigeria ASAP to help us flush bubu out

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by zicoraads: 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
MANNABBQGRILLS:
.........and an eleven year old is Nigeria is being taught A computer is an electronic device bla bla bla........!!
grin grin cheesy cheesy grin grin

Our entire syllabus for most of these subjects being taught is old and outdated. Unfortunately, those at the helm of affairs are very slow in coming around to effecting the desired change. Several entreaties have been made to the Ministry of Education concerning what needs to be done, but they always decline.

Big private schools on the other hand are at par with what is obtainable outside of Nigeria. If you have your money, do your due diligence and send your kids to very good private schools here. Most of them now use Cambridge syllabuses. Classes like programming and electronics are also taught at secondary school level. But they are darn expensive.

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by SOLUTION99(m): 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
11 YEARS I WAS STILL LEARNING WHAT IS COMPUTER

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by 3millionia: 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
Quick one






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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by BuhariDcow: 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
F
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by bedspread: 10:43am On Aug 14, 2018
Intelligence at its Peak..

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by CTechHub(m): 10:44am On Aug 14, 2018
Kids with itching fingers. I would have done worst if I wanted to tongue tongue
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by skallion7(m): 10:44am On Aug 14, 2018
Good luck to the young kid
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by big7: 10:45am On Aug 14, 2018
OK
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by chiefolododo(m): 10:46am On Aug 14, 2018
he is Antichrist
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by MrImole: 10:47am On Aug 14, 2018
And an 18year old Nigerian somewhere is just learning the basics of computer at one kiosk because of his/her UTME...

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by sonsomegrigbo: 10:47am On Aug 14, 2018
The guy ancestors migrated to US from the CRIMINALS REPUBLIC OF BIAF......








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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by gentle136(m): 10:47am On Aug 14, 2018
chuks34:
they should send him to Nigeria ASAP to help us flush bubu out
why d hate for your president

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by Josh44s(m): 10:47am On Aug 14, 2018
tgmservice:
Chai! am 32 and still learning programming basics

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by niyi20(m): 10:47am On Aug 14, 2018
I want to be an American cry

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by slimdamatrix1(m): 10:47am On Aug 14, 2018
I'm afraid this is rather impressive.
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by psucc(m): 10:48am On Aug 14, 2018
if to na for Nigeria, they'll be dump in DSS or SARS cells to rot

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by Josh44s(m): 10:48am On Aug 14, 2018
gentle136:
why d hate for your president

President or walking corpse

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Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by flex04(m): 10:51am On Aug 14, 2018
Carefully with your phones because they are not even safe these are Clear Signs Your Phone Was Hacked

keep watch

Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by gentle136(m): 10:52am On Aug 14, 2018
Josh44s:


President or walking corpse
grin grin grin



They are coming for you.
Re: An 11-Year-Old Hacker Changed Election Results In US by NwanyiAwkaetiti(f): 10:52am On Aug 14, 2018
Very impressive.

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