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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, 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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