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DEF CON Invites Kids to 'Hack the Election'

New contest at DEF CON lets kids ages 8 to 16 hunt for vulnerabilities in replicas of states' election-results websites.

DEF CON is kicking its Voting Village hacking event up a notch this year with a contest for kids to try their hand at hacking into replica election-results websites to change vote tallies and election results.

In partnership with r00tz Asylum, its kid hacking conference within the conference, DEF CON's Voting Village organizers will offer awards and prizes in four categories: Fastest to Exploit, Most Innovative Exploit, Best Social Engineering Exploit, and Youngest to Exploit. DEF CON, the international hacking conference, will be held in Las Vegas late next week, with the kids election-hacking contest on Aug. 10 and 11.

The replica Secretary of State websites and software were set up by Aries Security, whose founder and CEO, Brian Markus, previously converted his Capture the Flag simulator for the US Department of Defense's cybersecuirty training operations.

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