Switzerland’s e-voting system has inherent security vulnerabilities that make it susceptible to manipulation and interference. Malicious insiders can corrupt the vote count, while malware can change votes as they are transmitted if thousands of voters’ computers are hacked. Interestingly, Switzerland’s approach to addressing the threat of malicious insiders in their printing office is to officially declare that they won’t consider it in their cybersecurity assessment.
A new vulnerability in Switzerland’s e-voting system has been discovered. The system aims to protect votes against manipulation and interference, even if a voter’s computer is infected with undetected malware. This protection is implemented through special return codes printed on the paper received by physical mail. However, the protocol explaining this protection is only available online, creating a loophole for malware to present a bogus website with a different, cheatable protocol. A proof-of-concept demonstration has shown how this vulnerability can be exploited.
The solution to these security vulnerabilities lies in using paper. Paper voting systems have long been advocated for their security and reliability. Blockchain technology, often touted as a solution for secure online voting, actually worsens security instead of improving it. Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize the use of paper-based voting systems to ensure the integrity and security of elections.
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1. Switzerland’s e-voting system has inherent security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by malicious insiders and malware.
2. The system’s approach to addressing the threat of malicious insiders is questionable, as it is not considered in their cybersecurity assessment.
3. A new vulnerability in the system allows malware to present a bogus website with a cheatable protocol, compromising the integrity of votes.
4. Paper-based voting systems are the recommended solution to ensure the security and reliability of elections.
5. Blockchain technology does not improve the security of online voting systems and may even make it worse.