The Swiss government is offering up to €44,000 to hackers who can detect vulnerabilities in its e-voting system. So-called white hat, or ethical, hackers will be given the opportunity to look for vulnerabilities during a dummy vote running for a period of four weeks — the duration of a Swiss federal election — from February 25 to March 24. Swiss Post, the organisation behind this “Public Intrusion Test” (PIT), has set aside CHF150,000 (€132,000) to reward the hackers.

Hackers will receive between CHF30,000 and CHF50,000 (up to €44,000) for manipulating votes in a way that is undetectable, and CHF20,000 (€17,600) for manipulating votes in a way that would be detectable by trusted auditors.