- An 11-year-old boy hacked into a replica of a Florida voting website in just 10 minutes, during a hackers convention
- He managed to change the name of the winning candidate on the website to his own and give himself billions of votes
- In recent times, there have been concerns about election system vulnerabilities before mid-term state and federal elections
A replica of Florida’s election results website was hacked by an 11-year-old boy, during a three-day hackers convention, heightening concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes.
The boy managed to hack into the site in just 10 minutes; emerging as the quickest of 35 children, aged 6 to 17, who all eventually hacked into copies of the websites of six swing states, Reuters reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the child subsequently managed to change the name of the winning candidate on the replica Florida website to his own and then went ahead to give himself billions of votes.
The Def Con security convention was held to test how strong the US election infrastructure is, and pass on that information to states.
However, while welcoming the efforts of the convention, the National Association of Secretaries of State, which is responsible for tallying votes, said there would be additional protections in the actual systems used by states.
The association said: “It would be extremely difficult to replicate these systems since many states utilize unique networks and custom-built databases with new and updated security protocols.”
In recent times, there have been concerns about election system vulnerabilities before mid-term state and federal elections, and the hacking demonstration served to increase those fears.
The national security team of US President Donald Trump had also warned about “pervasive” efforts launched by the Russian government to interfere in the November polls.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the United States of America spoke concerning Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election, saying the country had not endorsed any candidate.
The US deputy secretary of state, John Sullivan, said the Trump administration was in support of the Nigerian people and its democracy and would therefore assist the country in getting a free and fair election.
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