A French cryptographer has exposed a security flaw in an electronic voting system to be used in this month's municipal elections in Moscow.
The flaw could give hackers access to voters' choices.
Pierrick Gaudry used a standard computer and free software to access the source code being published daily as part of a public test that started in late July.
Gaudry needed just 20 minutes to break the encryption code that is meant to protect voters' identities and choices.
The online voting system requires passport information, home addresses, and other sensitive data, and uses a text message verification.
"In the worst-case scenario, the votes of all the voters using this system would be revealed to anyone as soon as they cast their vote," Gaudry wrote.
Moscow authorities have said since Gaudry’s discovery was made public, the encryption code has been made more complex, and will be divided into seven parts kept separate until voting ends.
From Agence France-Presse
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