The Swiss government offers up to CHF 50,000 to anyone who can detect weaknesses in their Internet-based e-voting system in a test. A total of 150,000 CHF (about 150,000 USD) is available to all White Hat hackers who register for the Public Intrusion Test (PIT). The system of Swiss Post is open for a fake election between 24th February and 24th March. This is the duration of a typical Swiss federal vote. During this time, registered White Hat hackers can detect and report vulnerabilities.
This PIT comes as the Swiss government plans to extend its e-voting opportunities to two-thirds of the 26 cantons of the Swiss Confederation by October 201
The bounties range between 30,000 and 50,000 CHF (30,000 to 50,000 USD) for the manipulation of vouchers that are undetectable and fall to 20,000 CHF (20,000 USD) if an examiner manipulates could recognize. At the bottom of the scale, hackers can earn a premium of $ 100 ($ 100) to highlight places where best practices have not been observed.
The Swiss law guarantees that every Swiss citizen has the right to vote, regardless of whether he or she currently lives in the country. Overseas citizens have previously pushed for e-voting, arguing that postal procedures are often late, making them unreliable. Voices are also more common in Switzerland, as the system of direct democracy has led to more than a dozen national votes in the last two years alone.
Switzerland is not the only country that has engaged in online voting, but the threat of manipulation has left many governments dropping their plans ever since. In France, for example, electronic voting for foreigners was discontinued in 2017, while in 2007 the United Kingdom abandoned its own plans for security reasons. In the US, e-voting is currently restricted to foreign service personnel from 25 states who can submit their votes by e-mail.