Kids Hack, Change Election Results on Replica Florida State Website: Treder Lang’s Cyber Security Expertise Critical in SOS Office

30 Years of Experience as Cyber Security Expert, C.P.A. make Treder Lang Best Candidate for Secretary of State


LANSING, Mich. – Mary Treder Lang, a cyber security and technology management expert with 30 years’ experience leading some of the world’s most influential technology companies, today reminded voters of the importance of her cyber security background, after PBS reported that numerous children were able to successfully hack and change election results and vote totals on a replica of the state of Florida’s elections website.

   “Criminal hackers and foreign governments are working night and day to penetrate the state’s systems, steal voters’ data, and to influence our elections,” said Treder Lang. “I’m running for office because we need a Secretary of State with the background and the experience to stand up to cyber threats and to protect the sanctity of the ballot box.”

    According to a published report, numerous children participating in the world’s largest yearly hacking convention this summer were able to successfully hack into a replica of the Florida state election website, with one successfully tripling the number of votes cast. More than 30 children successfully hacked a variety of similar state replica sites, all in less than half an hour.

    Treder Lang has a modern set of skills, developed over a 30 year record of accomplishment using technology to find efficiencies and improve lives. An expert in cyber security and the meaningful use of technology, she’s spent decades shattering glass ceilings, launching her career at KPMG in Detroit before filling a series of management positions at SBC / Ameritech and LINX Technologies. In 2001 she joined Siemens, Inc., where she held various senior management positions. Since 2013, Treder Lang has served as a Vice President at Vista Maria, a nonprofit organization in metro Detroit delivering innovative care, support, treatment, and education to at-risk youth.

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