HackerOne, a bug bounty platform has severed all ties with popular blockchain voting application Voatz. The cutting of ties is first of its kind for HackerOne which has over 1800 partners across various business ventures, not once before it has come down to cutting off ties.
HackerOne is known for helping different corporations to find any security vulnerabilities in their system or software. Samantha Spielman, a representative for HackerOne noted that the breach of partnership terms made it impossible for them to continue working with Voatz, despite them not doing this ever in their 18 years of existence. However, Spielman declined to elaborate on what standards Voatz breached which led to the decision.
Voatz in their statement noted that they regret the hindrance that has arisen in the partnership and was working to mend their ways. On the question of what led to the cutting off ties between the two firms, they revealed that a small team of researchers at HackerOne along with few other community members believe that Voatz reported some of their research to the FBI. The statement read,
“This falsehood and misinformation has been a source of animosity toward Voatz and our partners, who face consistent attacks from these researchers,”
Back in October 2019, it was reported that the FBI was investigating a possible breach on the Voatz app during the pilot program run of 2018. West Virginia has been testing the Voatz app for their various pilot projects and Secretary of State Mac Warner said that there has been no problem with the application whatsoever and maintained that not a single vote cast through the app has been altered.
Voatz responded to the attack in a sarcastic manner calling the research report unfair and even assigned Trail of Bits to analyze their platform. However, the move backfired on them as Trail of Bits found the claims made by MIT researchers to be valid. Later West Virginia also secured ties with the blockchain voting application.