Database Containing Personal Info Of 191 Million Voters Exposed
A security researcher said that he has discovered a database that contains voter registration records of 191 million Americans.Advertisement
In a Reddit post, security researcher Chris Vickery said, “I believe this is every registered voter in the entire country. To be very clear, this was not a hack. The mysterious, insecure database is currently configured for public access. No password or other authentication is required at all. Anyone with an Internet connection can grab all 300+ gigabytes.”
The “leaky database” exposed to the internet contains information like names, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and emails of voters, Vickery said. He added that he has been working with others to identify the owner of the database so that it can be taken down from public access. The news was first reported by DataBreaches.net.
“The alarming part is that the information is so concentrated,” Vickery said.
The leak included codes similar to those used by campaign software provider NationBuilder. NationBuilder Chief Executive Officer Jim Gilliam, while claiming that the database was not formed by the company, said that some of the information could have been taken from data that it supplies to political campaigns. “From what we’ve seen, the voter information included is already publicly available from each state government, so no new or private information was released in this database,” Gilliam said.
Finding his own information in the database, Vickery said that his “immediate reaction was disbelief.”
“I needed to know if this was real, so I quickly located the Texas records and ran a search for my own name,” he said. “I was outraged at the result. Sitting right in front of my eyes, in a strange, random database I had found on the Internet, were details that could lead anyone straight to me,. How could someone with 191 million such records be so careless?”