West Virginia will NOT use controversial voting app Voatz during primary ...

West Virginia has announced it will not be using the voting app Voatz app after researchers found it is ‘riddled with vulnerabilities’.

The US state employed the technology in 2018 to troops oversease and was also set to implement it in the upcoming primary elections for residents with disabilities 

However, the flaws, uncovered earlier this month by MIT engineers, give hackers the ability to alter, stop or expose how an individual users has voted.

Secretary of State Mac Warner said on Friday that disabled and overseas voters will now a service by Democracy Live which lets them log in to fill out a ballot online or print an unmarked ballot and mail it in.

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West Virginia has announced it will not be using the voting app Voatz app after researchers found it is ‘riddled with vulnerabilities’

The US state employed the technology in 2018 to troops oversease and was also set to implement it in the upcoming primary elections for residents with disabilities

West Virginia has announced it will not be using the voting app Voatz app after researchers found it is ‘riddled with vulnerabilities’. The US state employed the technology in 2018 to troops oversease and was also set to implement it in the upcoming primary elections for residents with disabilities 

The US state was set to employ Voatz following a new bill that requires counties to provide certain individuals with a type of online ballot-marking device that can be used with a smartphone.

West Virginia's election official is leaning towards adopting the smartphone app Voatz, which by troops overseas to vote in elections.

In 2018, West Virginia rolled the app out to its residents in the military that are deployed overseas and unable to cast their votes in person.

Warner said, at the time, they were aware of the risks but believe there is more benefit to using the technology.

However, the flaws, uncovered earlier this month by MIT engineers, give hackers the ability to alter, stop or expose how an individual users has voted. Secretary of State Mac Warner said on Friday that disabled and overseas voters will now a service by Democracy Live which lets them log in to fill out a ballot online or print an unmarked ballot and mail it in

However, the flaws, uncovered earlier this month by MIT engineers, give hackers the ability to alter, stop or expose how an individual users has voted. Secretary of State Mac Warner said on Friday that disabled and overseas voters will now a service by Democracy Live which lets them log in to fill out a ballot online or print an unmarked ballot and mail it in 

However, multiple cybersecurity experts raised concerns about using the technology and others like it, saying it provides more opportunities for hackers to infiltrate the voting system – leading engineers at MIT to open an investigation.

The experiment was conducted shortly after 'inconsistencies' with an app that was supposed to track the results of the Democrat caucuses in Iowa threw the vote into chaos overnight.

Although Voatz was employed during the Iowa caucus, MIT researchers conducted their own test with the app to see just how safe it is, as thousands of voters are predicted to use the technology in the 2020 president election. 

After uncovering the startling vulnerabilities, MIT turned them over to the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency.

Daniel Weitzner, a principal research scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and founding director of the Internet Policy Research Initiative, said: 'We all have an interest in increasing access to

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