Breach Brief – Nationwide Voter Database

Published On December 31, 2015 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

 voting-boothA massive and mysterious voter database has been exposed online and no one knows who it belongs to, how it got there or when it will be removed.

An independent security researcher by the name of Chris Vickery discovered the database. The files contain the names, phone numbers home addresses, birth dates, genders, ethnicity, dates of voter registration, party affiliation, e-mail addresses belonging to 191 million Americans from all fifty states and Washington, DC.  To make matters worse the database contains information on who the voters voted for since 2000. The voting records do not include driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, financial records or any kind of familial information. Vickery reported the discovery to DataBreaches.net, which keeps track of massive online security blunders. 

The FBI and the California Attorney General’s Office have been contacted regarding the breach. These organizations have the power to remove the database but have not done so yet. The researchers have not revealed where they found the database.

 

 

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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