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Russia’s Blockchain-Based Voting System Victim Of Node Attack

  • The Bitfury-powered blockchain for the Russian constitutional amendments reportedly suffered a node attack over the weekend.
  • A government of Moscow representative told state-owned news agency TASS the attack did not cause a system malfunction, meaning that all e-votes will be successfully recorded on the blockchain.
  • E-voting was held from June 25 to June 30 for residents of Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod. 
  • Cybersecurity experts have been working to restore access. However, it remains unclear if they were successful at this point.
  • The constitutional amendments will allow Vladimir Putin to serve two more six-year terms if approved, meaning that he may remain president until 2036.
  • The website for e-voting was reportedly inaccessible during the first few hours after going live. It also produced abnormal results in certain regions.
  • What’s more, some people reported that they were able to vote multiple times, capping off an uncoordinated week for Russia’s e-vote system.
  • Read the full story here.

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