people went to the polls to elect a new government. Some residents cast their
votes online, with a system that may be carrying the FREAK bug.The system is termed as iVote system that was launched in 2011 to serve
voters who live far away from a polling station, or those who would be thruway.
According to Teague and Halderman, their proof-of-concept scrutiny
made it possible to intercept and manipulate votes … though the same attack
would also have succeeded against the real voting server,” the pair wrote in analysis.
network – say, from a WiFi access point that has been infected by malware.
that stealthily substitutes a different vote of the attacker’s choosing. We
also show how the attacker can steal the voter’s secret PIN and receipt number
and send them, together with the voter’s secret ballot choices, to a remote
attacks. According to researchers, the voting
server that is used to track site visitors and including FREAK attack.
system may be targeted by attackers from anywhere in the world acquiring
sufficient but not enormous levels of skill could automate the hacking.
disruptive vulnerability and that more could remain undiscovered
As reported by NSW chief information officer Ian
Brightwell, iVote system could not guarantee the security of the voting system
due to inherent risk in all paper and electronic voting mechanisms.