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Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks

By Computerworld

October 18, 2019

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Security researchers said Australia should not rely on any online voting system that lacks a thorough ballot-verification method, to ensure against fraudulent voting.

The University of Melbourne's Chris Culnane and Vanessa Teague warned of the vulnerability of Scytl's iVote platform, designed to accommodate visually impaired voters and those traveling on the day of the election, as well as substituting for voting by mail.

The researchers cited findings that votes cast via iVote in a 2017 Western Australia election were channeled through a content delivery network that could potentially "read and alter votes."

Culnane, Teague, and their colleagues told an ongoing Victorian inquiry examining the conduct of the state’s 2018 election, "Electronic voting risks introducing into Australian elections the possibility of large-scale, undetectable fraud that could potentially be committed from anywhere in the world."

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