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DEFCON to teach children to hack at 2018 conference

There are many actions that are criminal in the eyes of the law, but sometimes, taking these actions is how law enforcement learns to fight back. Hackers are generally looked down on, but they also play a positive role. A July 19 article describes how they'll be planning to teach children how to hack into state election-results websites, which can show the government how vulnerable the states are, especially in a world where technology and people's abilities are increasing.

During the DEFCON hacking conference in Las Vegas, children between 5 and 16 will get the opportunity to hack into a replica of the Secretary of State election result websites. They will learn to manipulate the results and change election statistics.

The purpose of this act shouldn't be misinterpreted. Some may think it's breeding a new age of hackers, but others realize it's a way to show how vulnerable the internet can make the United States. Few states have admitted to taking steps to improve safeguards after Russia's cyberattacks in the 2016 election, even though those safeguards could prevent a repeat of what happened that year.

The workshop is intended to show how those with basic computer skills can infiltrate websites and manipulate data there. The workshop will also give out prizes to kids who use ingenuity and speed to get the best results on those websites. In 2017, the DEFCON hackers reportedly were able to hack every voting machine they had access to. This is particularly dangerous in swing states like Florida or Ohio where hackers could alter the result of an election.

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