A student has decided to tempt fate by trying to hack the pilot electoral system based on West Virginia’s Blockchain technology.
The information has been disclosed for the first time by the Secretary of State of West Virginia through a public address. Mr. Secretary reported that it was a failed attempt to violate the pilot program, which was previously referred to as the “military mobile voting solution”, during the 2018 election cycle.
Nimit Sawhney, CEO of the firm behind the development of the Voatz application, told CNN:
“A certain group of people from a certain part of the country tried to access the system. We arrested them, caught them and denounced them to the authorities ”
For those who do not remember, this program was a mobile voting pilot who was supported by the use of Blockchain technology and, most importantly, it was aimed at allowing the military abroad who are residents of Harrison and Monongalia use the application to exercise their right to vote.
The incident is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In fact, according to a report published by CNN, the FBI is investigating the possibility that a student, although it is possible that it was more than one, of the University of Michigan has tried to hack the application, developed by Voatz, to A course on electoral security.
In case you are wondering, the reason why the University of Michigan is under investigations is that they discovered that suspicious activities came from an IP address associated with it.
Voatz CEO, Nimit Sawhney, expressed:
“The system worked as designed and planned. The attempt was detected, frustrated at the door and informed to the authorities ”
Obviously, although the attack was apparently unsuccessful, cybersecurity experts are concerned over the possibility of not acting in time.