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United States Government Privacy Security

Database of 191 Million US Voters Exposed On Internet (reuters.com) 77

An anonymous reader writes: Researcher Chris Vickery has discovered an incorrectly configured database that exposes the details of 191 million U.S. voters. Reuters reports: "While voter data is typically considered public information, it would be time-consuming and expensive to gather a database of all American voters. A trove of all U.S. voter data could be valuable to criminals looking for lists of large numbers of targets for a variety of fraud schemes. 'The alarming part is that the information is so concentrated,' said Vickery."
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Database of 191 Million US Voters Exposed On Internet

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    The entire campaign is a fraud scheme, full of liars and cheats, that's what it takes to win. How will this make it worse?

  • by msauve ( 701917 ) on Monday December 28, 2015 @07:27PM (#51198475)
    "A trove of all U.S. voter data could be valuable to criminals looking for lists of large numbers of targets for a variety of fraud schemes. "

    Wait until the author discovers phone books!
    • Re:In other news... (Score:4, Informative)

      by khasim ( 1285 ) <brandioch.conner@gmail.com> on Monday December 28, 2015 @07:51PM (#51198617)

      There's a difference. From TFA:

      The database includes names, addresses, birth dates, party affiliations, phone numbers and emails of voters in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, researcher Chris Vickery said in a phone interview.

      So "spear phising" just got a LOT easier.

      Via email: Happy Birthday (name)! Click here to see a personal birthday message from (politician).

      • And why is party affiliation registered? Which sympaties you have is supposed to be a secret in a true democracy.

        Even the need to register seems to be questionable from a democratic perspective.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Because party primaries are run by the state rather than the party.

          • by msauve ( 701917 )
            All the more reason to not require keeping that info. Someone votes in a primary, they're marked as having voted and can't vote in any other party's primary for that election. Requiring party declaration and paperwork to switch parties is antithetical to democracy, although the major parties like it.
  • I'm just Bill.
    Yes, I'm only Bill.
    And I'm sitting in a public database thanks to Capitol Hill.
  • This information has been available for free since before WWII. The rolls of registered voters and their addresses have always been freely available. You didn't even need to fill out a FOIA request. Just pop down to the local county clerk and ask. They'll even print it out for you if you'd prefer that to the raw data. In most places, you can also get party affiliation. It's neatly organized by ward and precinct.

    That's part of the problem with representative governments and free societies. If you wan

    • This included the phone numbers, date of birth, and email addresses as well. But at this point it's ho-hum as insecure data is stolen daily.
  • While voter data is typically considered public information, it would be time-consuming and expensive to gather a database of all American voters

    So, make the next step and publish the data. Make it easy to browse and peruse.

    Government already knows it, and it is nominally public — make it actually public.

  • Ha ha ha ha ha...wait, what the FUCK?

  • Population under 18: 74M (US Census Bureau)

    Might as well just release the other 65M records so we can collect the whole set.
  • ... the question is: Who did NOT vote.

    This could help answer that.

  • by Khashishi ( 775369 ) on Monday December 28, 2015 @08:25PM (#51198811) Journal

    So what is the problem with making free information more easily available?
    Voter fraud done by lone wolves as opposed to by political parties? That sounds like an improvement.

  • ...did anyone download it while it was up? Would save me a bunch of time dealing with individual county registrars offices if someone could put this up as a torrent or something.
  • How often must this be said?

    Security is NOT optional and yes, you need to pay for it continually and it doesn't have uniform predictable levels of effort.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    So... this information is out there, publicly available, and a site took all this public data and conglomerated it into one easily usable interface?

    And the reason this is news is because you wan't to spin it as "privacy issues" instead of the "making public services accessible" that it is?

    I see this as streamlining the government assets and making it more publicly available.

    A more transparent government as it were.

    This isn't a privacy issue.Stop demonizing this messenger service for ad revenue.

    If it is a pr

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