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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 10:24 AM

New election systems use vulnerable software

Source: Associated Press

AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software

By TAMI ABDOLLAH
July 13, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania’s message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems.

But there’s a problem: Many of these new systems still run on old software that will soon be outdated and more vulnerable to hackers.

An Associated Press analysis has found that like many counties in Pennsylvania, the vast majority of 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines, tally votes and report counts.

That’s significant because Windows 7 reaches its “end of life” on Jan. 14, meaning Microsoft stops providing technical support and producing “patches” to fix software vulnerabilities, which hackers can exploit. In a statement to the AP, Microsoft said Friday it would offer continued Windows 7 security updates for a fee through 2023.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/e5e070c31f3c497fa9e6875f426ccde1

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Mon Jul 15, 2019, 11:30 AM

1. Planned, or 'mere' negligence?

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