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

The future of this podcast starts with you.

Every day, Molly Wood and the “Tech” team demystify the digital economy with stories that explore more than just “Big Tech.” We’re committed to covering topics that matter to you and the world around us, diving deep into how technology intersects with climate change, inequity, and disinformation.

As part of a nonprofit newsroom, we’re counting on listeners like you to keep this public service paywall-free and available to all.

Support “Marketplace Tech” in any amount today and become a partner in our mission.