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Homeland Security is worried about elections, so it’s asking hackers for help

By Jack Morse

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It’s 10 a.m. at Caesar’s Palace hotel and casino in Las Vegas, and the conference room is packed.

Scores of hackers, cybersecurity professionals, and press have gathered at the DEF CON hacker conference to hear straight from the horse’s mouth just how bad things are when it comes to securing our elections. And, as Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for the office of cybersecurity and communications Jeanette Manfra explained, it’s bad.

“I yearn for the days when we were just worried about the electric grid going down,” she told the crowd. …

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