191 Million US Voter Registration Records Leaked

Thomas Fox-Brewster, Forbes:

A whitehat hacker has uncovered a database sitting on the Web containing various pieces of personal information related to 191 million American citizens registered to vote. On top of the concomitant problems of disclosing such a significant leak to that many people, no one knows who is actually responsible for the misconfiguration that left the data open to anyone.

Researcher Chris Vickery, who this month found myriad databases left open to all and sundry, told FORBES he has his hands on all 300GB of voter data, which includes names, home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, party affiliations, and logs of whether or not they had voted in primary or general elections. The data appears to date back to 2000. It does not contain financial data or social security numbers.

The database has been taken down (finally), according to an update an Chris Vickery's original Reddit post, but if you ever needed a better reason not to trust the U.S. government's incessant cries for backdoor access to encrypted data, look no further than their ineptitude with the private information they already have.