1.8 Million Chicago voter records leaked by a massive US voting machine supplier

Rare | 8/18/2017 | Samantha Malone
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More than 1.8 million Illinois residents have had their personal information exposed by a leading supplier of U.S. voting machines, which was confirmed by the company Thursday.

As the result of a major data leak, the names, addresses, dates of birth, partial Social Security numbers and party affiliations of over a million Chicago residents have been exposed, leading state authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to a very serious inquiry, according to Gizmodo. In addition to this sensitive information, some driver’s license and state ID numbers were also released in the leak.

Breach - Information - Jon - Hendren - Employee

The breach of information was detected by Jon Hendren, an employee of the cyber resilience firm UpGuard, who discovered the leak on an Amazon Web Services (AWS) device that was not secured by a password, according to Gizmodo. Following discovery of the breach, the voter information was then downloaded by Chris Vickery, a cyber risk analyst who identified Election Systems & Software (ES&S) as the controller of the data.

The company provides voting services in at least 42 states in the U.S. and was notified this week of the leak. After being informed of the leak, ES&S began its own “full investigation” with UpGuard’s assistance, “to perform thorough forensic analyses of the AWS server,” according to a statement the company released. ES&S said the server did not include...
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