A University of Michigan student may have attempted to hack West Virginia’s blockchain voting app as part of a course on election security.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating whether a student at the University of Michigan attempted to hack the West Virginia-rsquo;s voting app.

-ldquo;Not one single vote was changed-rdquo;-

On Oct. 5, according to CNN, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, wrote that the FBI is investigating the -ldquo;unsuccessful attempted intrusion-rdquo; by an outside party to gain access to the Voatz app, a mobile app that was used to collect ballots from overseas and military voters in the 2018 election.

Stuart said that during the West Virginia-rsquo;s 2018 election cycle his office was alerted by West Virginia-rsquo;s Secretary of State, Mac Warner, who identified activity that may have been an attempt to gain unauthorized access to the Voatz voting app.-

The blockchain-based application uses a multitude of security layers for identity verification, such as facial recognition, thumbprints and voter-verified ballot receipts. Warner said:

-ldquo;Every safeguard designed for the system was very successful and worked as designed: to gain as much information as possible, and protect the sanctity of the voters-rsquo; identities and ballots. Although the details of the investigation cannot be disclosed, we can say that no votes were altered, impacted, viewed or in any way tampered with.-rdquo;

Warner added that there is absolutely no evidence -ldquo;that even a single vote was changed in the 2018 election,-rdquo; adding:

-ldquo;Because of our hard work and our investments, all of our systems worked according to plan, and more robust security measures and protocols are being deployed ahead of 2020.-rdquo;

According to CNN, Warner-rsquo;s office communicated to the FBI that the activity of the attempt came from IP addresses linked to the University of Michigan. The FBI is now looking into a person or persons who might have tried to hack the voting app as part of a course on election security.-

Blockchain and democratic governance

Cointelegraph previously reported that decentralized application-focused blockchain -AElig;ternity formed a partnership with the Uruguay Digital Party to build a new system whereby Uruguay citizens and Digital Party members can participate in a variety of political decisions in a transparent and decentralized manner. CEO of -AElig;ternity Americas Pablo Coirolo said:

-ldquo;The application of democratic governance that will be implemented by the Digital Party is based on the internal governance solution that aeternity uses for internal community decision-making, which is a completely new architecture, allowing greater participation of citizens in political decisions at all levels, with unalterable reliability.-rdquo;





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