The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found a number of security vulnerabilities in Voatz’s tech infrastructure during a cybersecurity audit of the mobile voting app vendor’s Boston headquarters, according to a newly declassified report obtained by CoinDesk. 

However, the DHS report, conducted by a Hunt and Incident Response Team with the department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also determined Voatz had no active threats on its network during the week-long operation, conducted last September. It developed a series of recommendations to further boost Voatz’s security. Voatz has since addressed those recommendations.

The CISA report was shared with CoinDesk hours after a technical paper by MIT researchers claimed to detail a number of major vulnerabilities in the Medici-backed Voatz’s app, including allegations that the app leaves voters’ identities open to adversaries and that ballots can be altered.

The MIT report, published Thursday by graduate students Michael Specter and James Koppel and principal research scientist Daniel Weitzner, further alleges that the app has limited transparency, a claim also raised by a number of security…

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Author: Danny Nelson


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