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Is this legit? Unsecured full names, addresses, date of birth etc of 200 million


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#1 Magisch

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:18 PM

registered US voters. According to this article, a database containing a treasure trove of private information including political leanings and poll data of over 200 million US voters has been left on an unsecured amazon server and accessed by whoever.

 

https://www.upguard.com/breaches/the-rnc-files

 

I haven't read anywhere else about that, is this legit?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:35 PM

Looks legit.

 

https://betanews.com/2017/06/19/largest-ever-leak-us-voter-data/

 

http://mashable.com/2017/06/19/200m-voters-exposed-gop-data-leak/#F3uvLQjZZ8qJ

 

Thanks to the Republican Party. :rolleyes:  


Edited by JohnC_21, 19 June 2017 - 12:37 PM.


#3 Magisch

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:42 PM

 

So is this the biggest and most thorough data breach in the history of the internet? By sheer volume and sensitivity of the information leaked.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:44 PM

It looks like the data was exposed but nobody knows if anybody accessed it. That's the drift I got from reading the articles.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:45 PM

It looks like the data was exposed but nobody knows if anybody accessed it. That's the drift I got from reading the articles.

 

Here's hoping nobody actually got the full thing



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:06 PM

Haven't seen anything yet on Krebs on Security.

 

When it hits his site, he'll do his usual deep dive on the topic.

 

https://krebsonsecurity.com/



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:51 PM

Goddamnit, now they'll probably use this incident as a good enough, passable, argument in the parliament of Bulgaria not to establish electronic voting and remain on the more "hacker-proof", but much more easily corruptible, classic paper voting system.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:52 PM

My first read is a bit of making a mountain out of a molehill. 

 

According to the article, what was exposed, but not neccesarily accessed, was:

1. names,

2. dates of birth,

3. home addresses,

4. phone numbers,  

5. voter registration details,

6. “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions.

 

Now, public information on voter roles consists of your:

 

1. Name
2. Street address
3. Party affiliation
4. Elections in which you did (or did not) vote
5. Phone number
6. Email address
 
So basically, the info is already out there, with the exception of the DOB and inferred data on ethnicity and religion. Who gets hurt here is primarily companies that make money selling campaigns preformatted public information. 
 
Who gains is (hopefully) the public who better understands what information about voting records is publically available. 

Edited by dantose, 19 June 2017 - 05:57 PM.





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