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Hacking the U.S. midterms? It’s child’s play

The voting systems many states use are so insecure that children can hack them in just a few minutes, the BBC reports. North American tech reporter Dave Lee explains: “The fallibility of these systems has been of concern since 2016’s presidential election, and in some cases well before that. Each state in the U.S. is able to come up with its own system, and with budgets tight, many are relying on poorly secured databases and voting machines that run software that’s well over a decade old.”