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Oct 25, 2018

What if the weakest link in election security is … confidence?

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This week, we've been looking at election security. We talked about how voting machines are vulnerable to hacking, but an even easier target is voter registration databases. They’ve got the names, addresses and voting histories on all kinds of people. The Illinois' voter registration database was hacked in 2016. The attack exposed the data of more than 70,000 voters, but stealing that information wasn't necessarily the goal. Matt Dietrich, public information officer at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says the real goal was to hack away at the public’s confidence in the voting system. (10/25/18)

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What if the weakest link in election security is ... confidence?

Oct 25, 2018
We take a look at what states are doing to prepare for the midterm elections.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

This week, we’ve been looking at election security. We talked about how voting machines are vulnerable to hacking, but an even easier target is voter registration databases. They’ve got the names, addresses and voting histories on all kinds of people. The Illinois’ voter registration database was hacked in 2016. The attack exposed the data of more than 70,000 voters, but stealing that information wasn’t necessarily the goal. Matt Dietrich, public information officer at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says the real goal was to hack away at the public’s confidence in the voting system. (10/25/18)

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Oct 25, 2018

What if the weakest link in election security is … confidence?

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This week, we've been looking at election security. We talked about how voting machines are vulnerable to hacking, but an even easier target is voter registration databases. They’ve got the names, addresses and voting histories on all kinds of people. The Illinois' voter registration database was hacked in 2016. The attack exposed the data of more than 70,000 voters, but stealing that information wasn't necessarily the goal. Matt Dietrich, public information officer at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says the real goal was to hack away at the public’s confidence in the voting system. (10/25/18)

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What if the weakest link in election security is ... confidence?

Oct 25, 2018
We take a look at what states are doing to prepare for the midterm elections.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

This week, we’ve been looking at election security. We talked about how voting machines are vulnerable to hacking, but an even easier target is voter registration databases. They’ve got the names, addresses and voting histories on all kinds of people. The Illinois’ voter registration database was hacked in 2016. The attack exposed the data of more than 70,000 voters, but stealing that information wasn’t necessarily the goal. Matt Dietrich, public information officer at the Illinois State Board of Elections, says the real goal was to hack away at the public’s confidence in the voting system. (10/25/18)

Listening makes you smarter…
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Our mission is to raise the economic intelligence of the country, exploring the intersection of the economy, tech, and our daily lives. As a nonprofit news organization, we count on your support – now more than ever before.

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