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Worried about vote hackers? Hackers are here to help




Voters take part in early ballot casting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2016.
Voters take part in early ballot casting at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk in Norwalk on Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2016.
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Are you worried that the next time you vote, some person out there...or country...might hack your ballot?

Help is on the way from hackers. Really.

People who run elections in LA County will be headed to Las Vegas this week for the hacker conference DefCon.

Hackers will conduct mock attacks on voting systems and voter databases, while computer specialists for the county will try to stop them.

"We're still talking every day about the 2016 elections," says Dean Logan, LA County Registrar-Recorder, "and the possibilities that people tried to access voter registration records and that there's an interest in trying to mess with voting equipment."

Logan hopes his team walks away with strategies on how to protect databases and technology in a way that makes them less susceptible to intrusion.

It comes at a time when his department is also testing out various systems as part of a $15 million dollar update to the voting process.

"This will help us kick the tires and look at what manufacturers and consultants are doing," he says.

Click on the media player to hear the full interview.