Last Thursday, Estonia’s Information System Authority (RIA) was informed by an international group of researchers that a potential security risk had been detected affecting all national ID cards issued in Estonia after October 2014. Estonian experts have determined that the potential risk does indeed exist, affecting 750,000 currently valid ID cards issued after Oct. 17, 2014. ID cards issued prior to this date use a different chip and are unaffected by this risk. Likewise unaffected is the SIM card-based Mobile-ID system, which the government is recommending people sign up for.
“According to Estonian experts’ current assessments, the security risk exists and we will continue testing the researchers’ claims,” said RIA director general Taimar Peterkop.
… Early and online voting in this fall’s local government council elections is scheduled to begin on Oct. 5; the State Electoral Office [former National Electoral Committee] will make a decision regarding the use of potentially affected ID cards for online voting in these elections.