June 20, 2017 — 198 Million U.S. Citizens’ Personal Info Exposed By Third Party Marketing Firm Robert Capps, VP at NuData, and other cybersecurity experts comment on surfacing news reports about a personal data leak of 198 million voters.
News reports are surfacing about a huge voter records leak in the US. According to reports, personal data on 198 million voters, including analytics data that suggests who a person is likely to vote for and why, was stored on an insecure Amazon server. IT security experts commented below.
This is a serious data leak, which allows nation states to target ordinary US citizens for additional attacks and surveillance, as well as detailed voting information. If this wasn’t bad enough, this highly detailed data could potentially be combined with stolen personal data from other data breaches already available on the dark web to create rich profiles of these individuals. Such profiles can be leveraged by cybercriminals and nation-state actors to not only track voting habits, but also use their identities for account takeovers, apply for new credit, and much more. The members of the electorate involved in this incident should immediately request a credit freeze with the major credit bureaus, and keep close track of account activity through commercial credit monitoring services, or monitoring of their own accounts.