How Boston Tech Companies Are Trying To Improve Our Elections

November 6, 2018

Elections are a target environment for hackers. Voting systems in 21 states were targeted ahead of the 2016 election. Most of those attacks were unsuccessful, but the efforts continue ahead of the midterms, intelligence officials say.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos recently told On Point that there were three attempts to access the state's voter database in August.

"The one that raised our attention, if you want to call it [that], was the one that said 'Russian Federation,' and we forwarded that on to the Department of Homeland Security," Condos said.

Massachusetts experienced attempts to hack online voter resource pages, according to the secretary of state's office. (The state's voter database isn't online.)

Several Boston companies are working to improve the election process in various ways.

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