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There was an attack on the blockchain voting system in Russia | Blocksats

In Russia, there is a referendum on changes in the law that will enable Vladimir Putin to continue his rule in the country. During voting a blockchain-based system was used. Except that there were problems …

Hacker attack

As reported TASS state information agency, the system has been attacked. The attack took place on June 27 at around 20:00 CET. The authority representative told TASS that it did not cause any failures, which in practice means that all e-voices will be successfully registered in the block chain.

Blockchain referendum

Electronic voting in Russia, which takes place from June 25-30, is based on the blockchain platform Exonum developed by Bitfury. Cointelegraph he contacted Bitfury for additional comments on the attack, but no one from the company responded.

It is worth noting that the system has already proved to be quite emergency, though not because of the blockchain itself, but other elements. According to previous media reports, the project website itself directly for electronic voting was not available for the first few hours after the start of the election.

Furthermore, it was noticed that in some regions, incorrect results were registered in the system. For example, nearly 7,300 people assigned to polling stations in the Trojick County have registered on the platform to vote online, even though the district has only 2,358 residents entitled to vote. The local electoral commission said it was “technical defect. “

What’s more, one of the journalists, Pavel Lobkov, claimed to have cast the vote twice: once via the network, and the other in the election commission using a paper ballot paper.

Similarly, Yael Iliinsky, a Russian citizen who lives in Israel, was reportedly able to vote three times. First, she voted online via the website, then at the Russian embassy in Tel Aviv and then at the Russian consulate in Haifa. She also claimed that her daughter, who is still a minor, also voted in Haifa because her identity documents had not been checked in practice.

However, it is worth emphasizing again: this is not the fault of blockchain, but only the general chaos that prevails in the Russian clerical system.

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