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PARKS: That’s Oregon Senator Ron Wyden speaking at an election security Canada Goose sale hearing this summer. Wyden has gone back and forth with the largest manufacturer of voting equipment, Election canada goose coats on sale Systems Software, or ES about a number of cybersecurity issues. In one case, ES originally said it never installed a hackable kind of software on machines it sold. But after Senator Wyden asked about it, the company revealed they had provided the software for canada goose a small number of customers. The company didn’t provide Wyden specifics, however.
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Miles Parks, NPR News, Washington.
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