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Wisconsin Officials Prepare for Potential Election Hackers

September 17, 2018

A private vendor inadvertently introduces malware into voting machines he is servicing. A hacker hijacks the cellular modem used to transmit unofficial Election Day results. An email address is compromised, giving bad actors the same access to voting software as a local elections official.

These are some of the potential vulnerabilities of Wisconsin’s election system described by cybersecurity experts.

State officials insist they are on top of the problem and that Wisconsin’s elections infrastructure is secure because, among other safeguards, voting machines are not connected to the internet and each vote is backed by a paper ballot to verify results.

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