Internet Polls Security Challenge

We propose an open challenge, where readers and the Internet security community are invited to try to break our security scheme for Internet Polls. Aside, one finds a poll where it is possible to vote one of two possible choices:

  1. Italian cuisine
  2. British cuisine

The poll is initialized with 500,000 votes in favor of (1) and 500,000 votes in favor of (2). We therefore have 50% of people in favor of Italian cuisine and 50% in favor of British cuisine.

The goal of the challenge is to cause the poll result to be at least 90% in favor of British cuisine, before the end of the month.

At the beginning of every month the poll is reinitialized default values. Thus, challengers have one month of time to break the scheme, but they can try again after one month. It is of course possible to vote more than once manually.

Further information can be found here. Please, contact us by to notify and acquire the results of the challenge. We are sorry, there is no money for the winner, but we may offer spaghetti bolognese, no travel expenses.

Computer and Network Security Group, Dipartimento di Informatica - Università degli Studi di Torino