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Serious Crypto Flaw Affects Australian E-Voting Systems

Serious Crypto Flaw Affects Australian E-Voting Systems (Malware and Vulnerabilities)

The Swiss government, specifically the Swiss Post national postal service, announced last month the launch of a public bug bounty program for its electronic voting systems, with rewards of up to $50,000. The Swiss voting system relies on “complete verifiability,” which offers the same guarantees as long as at least one server-side component has not been compromised. “In the SwissPost system, encrypted electronic votes need to be shuffled to protect individual vote privacy. Swiss Post, which highlighted that the flaw does not allow malicious actors to infiltrate voting systems, stated that the weakness can only be exploited by someone who has control over its IT infrastructure and even then they would need assistance from insiders. However, Lewis, who is the executive director of a privacy-focused non-profit called Open Privacy, pointed out on Twitter that the goal of their research is not to show that someone from the outside can tamper with elections, but that Swiss Post itself can modify votes without leaving a trace.

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