>> In under ten minutes, a competitor in a hackathon was able to break into a replica of Florida's election websites and change names and tallies. Most worrisome of it all? That person hasn't even hit puberty. Organizers of the DEF CON hacking convention said on Twitter that 11 year old Emmett Brewer was the quickest of 35 children to hack into replica websites of six swing states.
A screenshot showed the boy made himself the winning candidate of the election, and that he gave himself billions of votes. Meanwhile, the other children, ages six to 17, tampered with vote tallies, according the event's Twitter account. Adding as many as 12 billion votes to candidates, and changed candidates' names to Bob the Builder and Richard Nixon's head.
The event's meant to test the strength of election infrastructure as concerns swirl about vulnerabilities before the November elections. In a tweet the account also said it would pass details of the websites weaknesses on to the states. But defending its infrastructure, the body responsible for tallying votes in the US said, while it welcomed the convention's efforts, the actual systems used by the states would have additional protections.