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Election clerks vulnerable to cyber attacks, using outdated software

Posted at 8:32 PM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 21:32:21-04

State election officials are scared that outdated equipment election clerks use could be vulnerable to cyber attacks.

Tony Bridges, Wisconsin Elections Commission Security Lead, said in a memo to commission members some clerks are using outdated software and/or forgetting to update it.

Bridges said many clerks are using Windows XP which came out in 2001. Microsoft stopped offering support for the operating system in 2014. Bridges also said some clerks are using Windows 7 which came out in 2009. However, Microsoft will stop offering free security upgrades for Windows 7 in January.

This outdated software could mean Wisconsin election clerks could be susceptible to cyber attacks and hackers.

Bridges suggested checking clerk's computers to make sure they are updated or upgrading the systems overall.