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Switzerland offering money to e-voting hackers

The Swiss government is offering money to anyone who can hack their e-voting system.

The government in Switzerland is set to start allowing people to vote online in elections, and in order to make sure there's no way to hack the system, they're running a dummy election with reward money at stake for anyone who manages to find a bug in the program.

Anyone who registers for the Public Intrusion Test (PIT), including people who aren't citizens of Switzerland, will be allowed to legally attack its e-voting system and can even publish their findings, so long as they respect conditions outlined in the trial's code of conduct.

According to The Verge, a total of 150,000 CHF (£115,661) will be up for grabs, whilst individual bounties will range from 30,000 to 50,000 CHF (£23,132 - £38,554) for anyone who discovers "undetectable vote manipulation."

However, the prize money falls to 20,000 CHF (£15,421) for voting manipulations that could be detected by an auditor, whilst server-side privacy violations will net a 10,000 CHF bounty (£7,711), and vote corruption - such as destroyed ballot boxes - will result in a 5,000 CHF (£3,855) bounty.

On the lower end of the scale, instances of server intrusion will be rewarded 1,000 CHF (£771), and participants can get 100 CHF (£77) for pointing out any code that goes against best security practices.

The trial will run from February 25 to March 24, which is the normal length of time for a regular Swiss federal vote, and comes as Switzerland aims to expand online voting in October of this year.

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