Node Attack on Bitfury Blockchain-based Voting System

Over the weekend, the node attack on the Bitfury Blockchain-based voting system of Russia swamps reports.

Russia prepared for their constitutional amendments through their blockchain-based voting system. However, there were attacks through the election observer’s node.

According to TASS, a state-owned news agency of Russia, the attack occurred on June 27. However, the representative of the Moscow government assured TASS that the attack did not cause any malfunction to the Blockchain-based voting system. Thus, all of the casted e-votes are recorded successfully on the blockchain.

Furthermore, the officials assure the public that cybersecurity experts are working to restore access to the attacked node. At this point, there are still no reports on whether the repair is a success.

The residents of Nizhniy Novgorod and Moscow need to cast their e-voting from June 25 to June 30. The e-voting system is associated with Exonum, a platform developed by Bitfury. We tried to reach the team of Bitfury for further statements with regard to the node attack on Bitfury Blockchain system. However, we did not hear back as of the moment.

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More so, early this year, the constitutional amendments will theoretically allow Vladimir Putin to extend his term. An approved amendment will allow Putin to serve two more terms of six-years. Thus, he may remain president until the year 2036.

Temporary Setback on the System

There are previous reports that the e-voting website was inaccessible after a few hours of going live.

Furthermore, the blockchain-based online voting system results in abnormal results in specific regions. For example, a polling station in Troitsky Administrative Okrug had nearly 7,300 registered people. However, the region only has a total of 2,358 residents that are eligible for voting. Thus. their local electoral commission admits to the technical malfunction.

Also, there are some reports claiming some people have successfully managed to vote multiple times. It is due to the poor compatibility with the offline part of the voting system.

Pavel Lobkov, a local journalist, posted a video that shows how he successfully voted twice at his polling station.

A similar situation happened with Yael Iliinsky, a Russian national-based in Israel. She was able to vote three times in different platforms, through the website, in Tel-Aviv Russian embassy, and at the Russian consulate in Haifa.  Moreover, Yael’s daughter, a minor has successfully voted in Haifa. The officials did not check her documents.