>> Are here to tell us more->> Last month a Homeland Security official told Congress that Russian hackers targeted 21 state election systems, in the 2016 presidential race. That threat is the talk of this weekends' defcon event in Las Vegas. Where organizers are inviting hackers and researchers to break into voting machines and databases, and route out vulnerabilities that can be exploited to sway future election results.
The 25 year old conference's first Hacking Voter Village aims to raise awareness about the real possibility of election results being tampered with. Reuters correspondent, Jim Finkle is at the conference.>> Academic researchers have been looking at voting machines for a long time to find security vulnerabilities in them.
But nobody's really taken a look at the whole ecosystem. And what the organizers of this Voter Hacking Village decided to do was pull out everything together. So what they have 30 pieces of equipment, including these two voting machines right here. They've literally pulled the machines apart, and they're looking to find security vulnerabilities in them.
And what they also want to do is go to Congress and to governors, and get states to improve security around elections.>> One secure voting advocate saying, she's got a solution.>> The bad news is there's a problem, the good news is we know how to fix it and it's not rocket science.
Paper ballots cannot be hacked, they don't have computers in them, they cannot be hacked. But those paper ballots typically are counted by optical scan systems that have computers. We need mandatory post election ballot audits that check that the software in the computer isn't impacting the results.>> Concerns about election hacking surging since US Intelligence Agencies claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Democratic emails in a bid to boost Republican Donald Trump's chances in the 2016 Presidential election.
Russia has denied the accusations.