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Switzerland Launches Bug Bounty Program for E-Voting Systems

The Swiss government last week announced the launch of a public bug bounty program for its electronic voting systems, with rewards of up to $50,000.

Switzerland has been conducting e-voting trials since 2004 and the national postal service, Swiss Post, now believes it has developed a fully verifiable system that can make e-voting widely available in the country.

The security of the e-voting system is being tested by an “accredited body,” but Swiss Post is also launching a bug bounty program open to hackers from all around the world. White hat hackers can sign up on onlinevote-pit.ch, and between February 25 and March 24 they will be given the chance to conduct penetration testing on both the frontend and backend of the e-voting system.

The government has allocated CHF 250,000 ($250,000) for this project, which it has described as a public intrusion test (PIT). Of that amount, $100,000 will go to SCRT, the Swiss cybersecurity firm that helps run the bug bounty program, and...(continued)

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