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Mystery surrounds bugs that delayed voting in crunch North Carolina battleground Polling stations in the swing US state of North Carolina will stay open late after mystery glitches stopped electronic voting systems from working. The board of elections in the political battleground voted within the past hour or so to allow eight precincts in Durham and Columbus counties to stay open past the previously scheduled closing time for periods ranging from 20 to 60 minutes.

Today, Americans went to the polls to pick the next US president as well as vote for their congressional representatives and decide on local referendums. .@NCSBE extends voting at Bogue precinct at Hallsboro Fire Dept. (Columbus County) 30 minutes to 8 p.m. #ncpol — NCSBE (@NCSBE) November 8, 2016 .@NCSBE votes to extend voting time in eight Durham Co. precincts. #ncpol #Election2016 — NCSBE (@NCSBE) November 9, 2016 Earlier in the day, groups watching the elections had filed suit with the board seeking to have the voting window extended, a move that can only be carried out by the state board. The decision stems from an incident in Durham County where a number of precincts reported that their electronic voting machines had gone down, forcing workers to switch to paper ballots.

To make up for the delay, the county petitioned the state board to keep the polls open later. This, of course, happens with the backdrop of looming fears that foreign hackers would target voting systems, government systems and popular websites in the US in an effort to sway the outcome of the national election or simply cause merry havoc. Nothing, in the end, seems to have gone wrong on a large scale, so far. Right now, Americans – and pretty much everyone else on the planet – are glued to live data, news feeds, Facebook, Twitter and TV screens to see whether the world's most powerful nation will choose as its new commander-in-chief a career politician with a corner-cutting private email server, or an obnoxious, bullying ham robot with one too many authoritarian programs installed. ® PS: Watch election night unfold from this handy live stream. Youtube Video Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management
And they want to do more online? An alarming proportion of cops’ websites lack any form of automatic secure connection, meaning potentially sensitive data is communicated in plain unencrypted text - according to research. Findings from non-profit body the Centre for Public Safety revealed that almost one-quarter of police sites lack an automatic secure connection, in a review of 71 websites. Of these, more than 70 per cent (12 agencies) invited users to submit personal data - and in some cases information specifically relating to criminal activity - via these unsecured connections exposing the public to unnecessary risk. Only 27 per cent demonstrated the highest "world-class" standard of secure connection, said the report. The body said the finding were particularly concerning given police and crime commissioners and are banking on savings from digital transformation - which will see more services go online. The report also found little connection between total spend on technology and performance.

For example, the Metropolitan Police which spent in excess of £110m on just one IT supplier in 2014/15 but was only awarded a mid-ranking cyber security grade C. Such a score means its server may be vulnerable to the POODLE attack and that it likely uses older protocols. In contrast Dorset, Durham and Warwickshire, which have more limited IT budgets, were awarded the top A grade. Rory Geoghegan, founder of the Centre for Public Safety, said forces were at risk of losing public trust and jeopardising public safety. He said: “It’s 2016.

The internet is not new, the cyber security threat is not new, and yet some police forces and their IT providers seem to think it is acceptable to pay large sums of taxpayer money for insecure technology.” Some forces’ security rankings even deteriorated after their sites received a refresh. When first tested in July 2016, Cheshire Constabulary scored a "C" grade. By September 2016, following the launch of a new “upgraded” website, the connection was less secure achieving only an "F" grade, meaning it was vulnerable to the POODLE attack and had increased vulnerability to man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. The report recommends forces and organisations should take remedial action to bring their online services to the highest security standards. "This action can be easily achieved for the majority of services, involving simple configuration changes to the server.

The changes required are achievable by anyone with basic server administration skills,” said the report. Rising cyber security threats will mean the police service can expect to be a more appealing target, it warned. ®