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Voting machine maker ES&S says it did not cooperate with the Voting Village at hacking conference DEF CON because it worried the event posed a national security risk.

This is according to a letter the biz sent to four US senators in response to inquiries about why the manufacturer was dismissive of the show’s village and its warnings of wobbly security in some systems that officials use to record, tally, and report votes.

Among the vendors singled out was ES&S, sparking Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and James Lankford (R-OK) to express concern that ES&S wasn’t serious about security.

“We are disheartened that ES&S chose to dismiss these demonstrations as unrealistic nd that your company is not supportive of independent testing,” the senators wrote in their letter [PDF].

“We believe that independent testing is one of the most effective ways to understand and address potential cybersecurity risks.”