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Computer Scientists Hack Into Voting Machines

Computer scientists at the University of California were able to hack into electronic voting machines from three manufacturers, says a report released Friday by California’s secretary of state. Flaws in the voting machines—made by Diebold Election Systems, Hart InterCivic, and Sequoia Voting Systems—could jeopardize the integrity of elections in terms of the recording, reporting, and tallying of votes, the report says. The study was led by Matt Bishop, a computer-science professor on the university’s Davis campus, and David Wagner, an associate professor of computer science at Berkeley.

Debra Bowen, the secretary of state, who asked for the study, has convened a public hearing today in Sacramento on the soundness of the state’s voting systems. Computer scientists and officials of the three companies are expected to testify. —Andrea L. Foster

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