Russia’s blockchain-based voting system for the constitutional amendments has reportedly been attacked by way of an election observer’s node.
As reported by state-owned information company TASS, the assault occurred on June 27 around eight PM CET. Authorities of Moscow consultant advised TASS that the assault didn’t trigger a system malfunction, which means that every one e-votes will likely be efficiently recorded on the blockchain.
In accordance with the official, cybersecurity specialists have been working to revive entry to the attacked node. It’s not clear if it’s been repaired at this level.
E-voting, held from June 25 to June 30 for residents of Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod, relies on the Exonum blockchain platform developed by Bitfury. Cointelegraph reached out to Bitfury for extra feedback relating to the assault, however, he didn’t hear again as of press time.
Initiated earlier this yr, the constitutional amendments will theoretically enable Vladimir Putin to serve two extra six-year phrases if authorized, which means that he could stay president till 2036.
The system has skilled hiccups earlier than
In accordance with earlier experiences, the web site for e-voting was inaccessible in the course of the first few hours after going reside.
Furthermore, blockchain-based on-line voting has produced some irregular ends in sure areas. For example, practically 7,300 folks assigned to a polling station in Troitsky Administrative Okrug have been registered to vote on-line, regardless of the station solely having a complete of two,358 residents eligible to vote. The native electoral fee claimed that this was a “technical malfunction.”
Additionally, some folks have reported efficiently managing to vote a number of instances as a result of the system’s apparently poor compatibility with the vote’s offline half.
Native journalist Pavel Lobkov posted a video describing how he initially voted offline at his polling station, after which voted online an hour later.
Equally, Yael Iliinsky, a Russian nationwide based mostly in Israel, reportedly managed to vote three tunes: on-line by way of the web site, on the Russian embassy in Tel-Aviv, and on the Russian consulate in Haifa. She additionally claimed that her daughter, who continues to be minor, additionally voted in Haifa as a result of her paperwork wasn’t checked.