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5Hack­ers at­tend­ing this week­end’s Def Con hack­ing con­ven­tion in Las Ve­gas were in­vited to break into vot­ing ma­chines and voter data­bases in a bid to un­cover vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties that could be ex­ploited to sway elec­tion re­sults. The 25-year-old con­fer­ence’s first “hacker vot­ing vil­lage” opened on Friday as part of an ef­fort to raise aware­ness about the threat of elec­tion re­sults be­ing al­tered through hack­ing. Hack­ers crammed into a crowded con­fer­ence room for the rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine and at­tempt to hack some 30 pieces of elec­tion equip­ment, much of it pur­chased over eBay, in­clud­ing some vot­ing ma­chines and dig­i­tal voter reg­istries that are cur­rently in use. “We en­cour­age you to do stuff that if you did on elec­tion day they would prob­a­bly ar­rest you,” said Johns Hopkins com­puter sci­en­tist Matt Blaze.

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