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New technology protects votes from hackers in midterm election

Posted: 7:01 AM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-05 12:01:27Z

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Floridians are a day away from the 2018 midterm elections and new technology will help detect anyone who tries to change their vote.

It's not just a machine that's going to keep your vote safe, state election officials said it's a mix of sensors and software.

It's a new process the Department of Homeland Security promises will keep our election process safe and secure.

The device is an artificial detection system known as "Albert".

It will not only help block attack but also identify hackers behind cyber attacks.

Homeland security has given every county in Florida an Albert system.

DHS officials feel this year's elections will be the most secure in U.S. history because of this new technology.

State election officials are also confident in the system as well because of how thorough it is.

"There's alerts, there's traffic on the network that we look at,” said IT director, George Nunez for Broward County Supervisor of Elections. “If there's something that looks fishy, the system tells us that it's fishy. We look at it, investigate and drill down into those packets of information that are attempting to do whatever they're attempting to do and then, we attack it at that point to make sure it's not malicious."  

While technology systems continue to advance to catch hackers, the Albert system has one potential problem. It’s only programmed to look for known threats.

If a new hack or loophole pops up, it would then have to be programmed into Albert.