Scientists and Security Experts Warn against Online Voting in the USA.
American Association for Advanced Science (AAAS) wrote a letter to Governors, Secretaries of State and State Election Directors warning them of online voting insecurity. The association stated that there are serious concerns about the security of votes via the internet or mobile apps based on scientific evidence.
Due to COVID-19 unprecedented challenge to American elections, the letter noted that internet voting would not be a secure solution for voting in the United States. Additionally, online voting would not be in the foreseeable future because vote manipulation could be undetected.
Details of the Security Concerns
The Department of Defense questioned the feasibility of internet voting after a trial and deemed it insecure. Also, an in-depth technical study from a private security group contracted by Voatz confirmed the vulnerability reports. Although the app developers argued that the vulnerabilities do not exist, the MIT report highlighted 79 findings, with a third of results labeled high severity.
Numerous security vulnerabilities, including potential denial of service attacks, malware intrusions, and mass privacy violations, are possible in internet voting.
The association encourages voters to consider expanding access to voting by mail. Early voting has to maintain the security, accuracy, and voter protections essential for American elections amidst the unprecedented public health crisis.
The Authenticity of Online Voting
Another significant concern raised by the experts is there is no way to conduct a good audit due to a lack of meaningful voter-verified records. If the voters could use a blockchain-based platform, there would still be authenticity concerns regarding the forum’s stored content.
Additionally, blockchain decryption for public access remains a considerable concern, together with the transfer of votes to some durable paper record. Also, attackers could intercept a voter’s transmitted ballot before receipt by Voatz’s servers. A voter’s personal information such as email address, IP address, driver’s license, mobile and passport numbers could go to third parties.