• Voatz: a tale of a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea

    2 monthes ago - By Tech Crunch

    Let's get the fish in the barrel out of the way. Voatz are a tech startup whose bright idea was to disrupt democracy by having people vote on their phone, and store the votes on, you guessed it, a blockchain. Does this sound like a bad idea? Welp.
    It turned out that they seemed awfully casual about basic principles of software security , such as not hard-coding your AWS credentials. It turned out that their blockchain was an eight-node Hyperledger install, i.e. one phenomenologically not especially distinguishable from databases secured by passwords. They have been widely and justly...
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