WV’s ‘Military Mobile Voting Solution,’ Had An Unsuccessful Hacking Attempt in The 2018 Election

In an official address by the Secretary of State, West Virginia, someone tried to infiltrate the blockchain-based voting system used by the state in the 2018 election cycle.

Unsuccessful Attempt at Breaching Blockchain

According to the official report by the Secretary of State, West Virginia, Mark Warner, the hackers were unsuccessful at gaining access to the voting system. The hackers tried to infiltrate the system during the pilot program of a “military mobile voting solution,” a decentralized application that allows eligible voters from overseas to vote for their preferred candidate remotely.

Developed by Voatz, an Overstock Medici Ventures backed blockchain firm, the voting app is a secure and safe portal for voters to make their ballots, gather information and protect the sanctity of the voters’ identities. The matter is currently under FBI investigation to locate the hackers hence much information cannot be shared.

“Although the details of the investigation cannot be disclosed, we can say that no votes were altered, impacted, viewed or in any way tampered with. […] There’s not a shred of evidence that even a single vote was changed in the 2018 election.”

A Democratized Voting Application

In June this year, Voatz raised $7 million USD in a Series A funding led by Overstock’s Medici Ventures. The funding has been used to develop over 30 voting decentralized applications boosting the security and transparency of elections, mainly in the US.

The voting app developed by Voatz, uses blockchain technology to verify and record voters’ ballot receipts and biometric security identification verification to make sure the right vote is counted. Since its launch, the case with West Virginia amounts to the first case of attempted breach of the system, but it was easily detected and reported to relevant authorities.

Following successful trials in West Virginia and Denver, Colorado the company launched voting for the municipal primary election in Utah in August.

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Author: Lujan Odera

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