Hackers flock to hunt for cracks in Swiss e-voting system

Posted at 6:27 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 06:27:03-05

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities are trumpeting the fact that more than 2,000 would-be hackers from around the world have taken up an invitation to try to find holes in Switzerland's groundbreaking online voting systems — and potentially earn tens of thousands of francs (dollars) if they succeed.

The Federal Chancellery and Swiss regions, known as cantons, expressed satisfaction at the high response barely a week after launching a registration for IT experts to help crack the systems.

After more than 200 trials and the rollout of e-voting already in 14 of Switzerland's 26 cantons, authorities believe they've developed "completely verifiable systems" that they hope to introduce for the first time this year.

But first, they have to be tested: Thus the appeal to hackers to give it their best shots.