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A cryptographer who points out vulnerabilities in the online election system in the Moscow City Duma will be paid a million rubles

At the same time, the organizers insist that Pierre Godrey was unable to crack the system.

The editor-in-chief of Echo of Moscow, Alexei Venediktov, who heads the Public Headquarters for Election Observation, has promised that French cryptographer Pierreck Godrey will be paid a million rubles. Godry helped to find vulnerabilities in the online election system in the Moscow City Duma, RBC reports .

He didn’t hack, he indicated weak points through which attackers could crack. And which the working group gratefully “darned”. So no one could hack, thanks to him in that. We will transfer 1 million rubles to his account in France.

Alexey Venediktov

Head of the Public Headquarters for Election Observation

Voters of the three constituencies will be able to vote online in elections to the Moscow City Duma. The system was tested several times, the last test on August 21 showed that the hacking failed, Venediktov said. Godrey in mid-August said that the system used “completely insecure” encryption: it can be cracked in about 20 minutes.

Godry pointed out that the length of the public encryption key is less than 256 bits, which will allow you to pick up a private key using free software. The mayor’s office partially agreed with his opinion and promised to increase the length of private keys to 1024 bits.

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