Mobile Security glitch delays IOWA Caucus results

IOWA Caucus which was held on Monday in support of the Democratic Party is hitting the news headlines for all wrong reasons. The mobile app which was devised to tally up the results did not live up to the expectations of the election officials as a result of which they were forced to delay the reporting of the unofficial results until they verified the polls on the backup systems.

 

Now, the news is out that the glitch appeared as the app wasn’t tested by the firm whose name is being kept confidential for reasons. Also, the people who were using the app did not get the proper training to meet the purpose which deteriorated the situation furthermore.

 

Thus, all these developments led to election chaos which the experts were predicting since September last year.

 

Note 1– Douglas W Jones, a security consultant and a computer science professor at the University of Iowa has already warned before the caucuses that the Iowa Democratic Party might face difficulties if it went ahead with the plan of using an untested app to denote the votes tally. Jones predicted that Mobile Apps if used untested might be soft targets of state-funded actors who then can influence the results of 2020 Presidential Elections.

 

Note 2- On Tuesday, Nevada Democrats have announced that they will not use the app or the company for the caucus they are planning to organize on Feb 22nd of 2020. So, Nevada election officials might turn to other ways of reporting results instead of a Mobile App.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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