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Understanding the cyber attack on Brazil’s electoral system

Authorities have offered confused explanations on how hackers attacked Brazil's electoral system — and how successful they might have been

Understanding the cyber attack on Brazil's electoral system

For about 14 years, the legitimacy of the Brazilian electronic voting system — fully implemented in 2000 — was never called into doubt. From pretty much every angle, the system was considered a success: it made voting easier for people with difficulties to read and write (as candidates are assigned numbers instead of names), it made vote counts quicker, and it prevented fraud. Just six years prior to the introduction of electronic voting, Rio de Janeiro had to stage a do-over of its congressional races after it was proven that gangs tampered with ballots in order to get their...

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