FBI investigating alleged hacking attempt into mobile voting app during 2018 midterms
Last week, the US attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia announced that during the 2018 US midterm elections, threat actors may have attempted to hack into Voatz, an experimental mobile voting app used by the state. The FBI has launched an investigation into the incident, but according to the official “there was no intrusion and the integrity of votes and the election system was not compromised.”
Voatz CEO Nimit Sawhney said that the company had blocked attempts by “a certain group of people from a certain part of the country” to access the system, adding that “somebody downloaded, registered and then tried to tamper with it.” The company then quickly put a stop the illegal activity. Sawhney does not think the hacking attempt was the work of a state-backed hacker, but he nevertheless informed the FBI because the incident affected election systems and therefore critical infrastructure.