West Virginia allowed residents to cast their vote in the 2018 midterm election using the smartphone app Voatz and thousands are expected to use the technology in this year's election. However, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say the app'is so riddled with security issues that no one should be using it.' The vulnerabilities hidden in the technology give hackers the ability to alter, stop or expose how an individual users has voted. Researchers also uncovered that Voatz's use of a third-party vendor for voter identification and verification poses potential privacy issues for users. The experiment was conducted shortly after'inconsistencies' with an app that was supposed to track the results of the Democrat caucuses in Iowa threw the vote into chaos overnight.
Feb-14-2020, 01:44:47 GMT