America's 2020 Census systems are a $15bn cyber-security tire fire

Code not finished or properly tested, lack of staff, and more, Senate warned

By Iain Thomson

In 2020, America will run its once-a-decade national census, but the results may not reflect reality if hackers manage to have their way.

On Tuesday, the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that the 2020 census will be the first to make extensive use of electronic equipment. For example, census workers will be given tablets to interview people who can’t be bothered filling in and sending back their forms.

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