Mac Warner, the West Virginia’s Secretary of State made public the info that someone attempted to gain access to its blockchain-based mobile voting pilot in May 2018.
This pilot enabled military members who are residents of Harrison or Monongalia countries to use the Voatz app to vote. The app team suspect that the hacker was a student from the University of Michigan. While hackers tried to gain access to the system, they were unsuccessful.
“Every safeguard designed for the system was very successful and worked as designed: to gain as much information as possible, and protect the sanctity of the voters’ identities and ballots. No votes were altered, impacted, viewed or in any way tampered with,” Mac Warner said.
Back in August 2018, the West Virginia authorities partnered the Boston company Voatz to allow overseas voting via smartphone in the 2018 election. Voatz’ facial recognition technology ensures that the person voting in the selfie video matches the ID.