(KUTV) — Top hackers in Utah are convening at the Salt Palace Convention Center participating in events that include hacking voting machines.
HackWest is the newest Information Security and Hacking Conference in Utah. It kicked off Wednesday and continues through Friday.
Over the next couple of days, hundreds of people are taking part in a variety of events called “villages” and listening to guest speakers.
The keynote speaker on Friday is Dawn-Marie Hutchinson from Optiv and Eva Galparin from the Electric Frontier Foundation.
One event, in particular, that has piqued the most interest is voting machine hacking.
2News was told by Sean Jackson, who works with HackWest, that 12 voting machines of the same models used in Utah in 2016 during the presidential election are available for top hackers in Utah to try to “attack.”
The event is to geared toward answering two questions: Is it possible to alter a user’s vote? And is it possible to rig an election?
The committee and organizers involved with HackWest also brought BSidesSLC to the Salt Palace in past years.