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Top hackers join forces to secure elections in US

NEW YORK

Hackers are joining forces with US governors and academics in a new group aimed at preventing the manipulation of voter machines and computer systems to sway the outcome of future US elections, a source familiar with the project has said.

The anti-hacking coalition’s members include organisers of last summer’s Def Con hacking conference in Las Vegas, the National Governors Association and the Centre for Internet Security, said the source, who asked not to be identified ahead of a formal announcement to be made later.

The Washington-based Atlantic Council think-tank and several universities are also part of the project, the source said.

The coalition will be unveiled as Def Con organisers release a report describing vulnerabilities in voting machines and related technology that were uncovered in July.

Hackers pulled apart voting machines and election computers at the three-day event, uncovering security bugs that organisers said could be exploited by people trying to manipulate election results.

People at the Las Vegas conference learned to hack voting machines within minutes or just a few hours, according to the report.

Concerns about election hacking have surged in the United States since late last year, when news surfaced that top US intelligence agencies had determined that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered computer hacks of Democratic Party emails to help Republican Donald Trump win the November 8 election.

Reuters