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Security Test For D.C. Voting Site Shows Foreign Hacker Activity

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By Patrick Madden

The university professor that hacked into the District's board of elections Web site as part of a sanctioned security test says he wasn't the only one poking around.

University of Michigan Professor Alex Halderman says when he and his graduate students hacked into the board's Web site and embedded the school's fight song onto the Web page, they observed other hackers from China and Iran attacking the server as well.

Halderman does not believe the hackers were specifically targeting D.C., but he says it does demonstrate how vulnerable online voting is.

"The scientific consensus is that Internet voting is just too dangerous today based on the limits of today’s security technology," he says.

Halderman says he believes it will be decades until Internet voting is secure.

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