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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:54 PM

198 million Americans hit by "largest ever" voter records leak

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Source: zdnet.com

A huge trove of voter data, including personal information and voter profiling data on what's thought to be every registered US voter dating back more than a decade, has been found on an exposed and unsecured server, ZDNet has learned.

It's believed to be the largest ever known exposure of voter information to date. The various databases containing 198 million records on American voters from all political parties were found stored on an open Amazon S3 storage server owned by a Republican data analytics firm, Deep Root Analytics.

UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery, who found the exposed server, verified the data. Through his responsible disclosure, the server was secured late last week, and prior to publication.

This leak shines a spotlight on the Republicans' multi-million dollar effort to better target potential voters by utilizing big data. The move largely a response to the successes of the Barack Obama campaign in 2008, thought to have been the first data-driven campaign.

Read more: http://www.zdnet.com/article/security-lapse-exposes-198-million-united-states-voter-records/

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Reply 198 million Americans hit by "largest ever" voter records leak (Original post)
Jim Dandy Jun 2017 OP
ResistantAmerican17 Jun 2017 #1
Tobin S. Jun 2017 #2
blm Jun 2017 #3
dalton99a Jun 2017 #5
Dawson Leery Jun 2017 #12
ToxMarz Jun 2017 #20
TheBlackAdder Jun 2017 #29
MosheFeingold Jun 2017 #32
Ligyron Jun 2017 #4
Generic Other Jun 2017 #6
Shell_Seas Jun 2017 #7
Qutzupalotl Jun 2017 #16
Bernardo de La Paz Jun 2017 #18
Sunlei Jun 2017 #21
Sunlei Jun 2017 #22
SergeStorms Jun 2017 #26
Shell_Seas Jun 2017 #27
dalton99a Jun 2017 #8
Javaman Jun 2017 #9
mahina Jun 2017 #10
tblue37 Jun 2017 #11
blm Jun 2017 #13
awesomerwb1 Jun 2017 #14
sinkingfeeling Jun 2017 #15
Bernardo de La Paz Jun 2017 #17
erronis Jun 2017 #23
Bernardo de La Paz Jun 2017 #25
SHRED Jun 2017 #19
Amimnoch Jun 2017 #24
Retrograde Jun 2017 #28
Thor_MN Jun 2017 #30
IronLionZion Jun 2017 #31
muriel_volestrangler Jun 2017 #33

Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 01:59 PM

1. What?????!!!??? A Republican Outfit??? Lax Security?????

Who are these ZDNet busybodies anyway. That voter pot-o-gold was supposed to be for Russian Patriots to find!!!!

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:01 PM

2. Well, well, well.

And some people are worried about securing their identities online. It's all already out there. It's just a matter of how much attention you get at this point.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:04 PM

3. I doubt it was accident - more like, purposely left open for PutinzBoyz

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Response to blm (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:11 PM

5. Yep.

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Response to blm (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:23 PM

12. You bet it was.

Fucking Thugs!

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Response to blm (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:00 PM

20. Oopsy Doopsy

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Response to blm (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:51 PM

29. The FBI should investigate the IP addresses that accessed that server for foreign actors.

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Response to blm (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:55 PM

32. What the heck would they do with it?

It's a list of voters and who they are likely to vote for.

Valuable information if you are running for office or (probably) selling things.

Not sure what Putin would do with it.

It's a serious blow to the RNC. We can use this data to target our voters.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:08 PM

4. Oh, Republicans are responsible?

That's OK then, no big deal...

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:12 PM

6. It's so unbelieveable

I wish it was fake news.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:13 PM

7. Each record lists...

... voter's name, date of birth, home address, phone number, and voter registration details, such as which political party a person is registered with. The data also includes "profiling" information, voter ethnicities and religions, and various other kinds of information pertinent to a voter's political persuasions and preferences, as modeled by the firms' data scientists, in order to better target political advertising.

Question:

Who would this leaked data be valuable to? And what would they use it for?

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:56 PM

16. A: Russia and microtargeting propaganda. n/t

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:03 PM

18. Data very useful for driving social media bots targetted at Sanders/Green/undecided voters.


Bot social media posts and reposts and tweets and retweets about emails and Clinton Foundation and emails and Benghazi and emails and child prostitution and emails and ....

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:01 PM

21. 198 million people need compensation from those sellers of personal information.

tracking cookies, ad trackers should be illegal too. Or people should be PAID and agree to be tracked.

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:06 PM

22. direct value is in dumping people off voter registration rolls by the thousands for any small reason

Like Republicans have done in many counties.

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:37 PM

26. It could be used.....

by a despotic ruler to identify opposition party members for "re-education" or "removal". Worst case scenario, but we have to expect anything now with President Clownshoes in office. We're in uncharted territory now.

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Response to SergeStorms (Reply #26)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:38 PM

27. Very Orwellian.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:17 PM

8. "We do not believe that our systems have been hacked"

Why bother, when their server was exposed and unsecured!

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:18 PM

9. someone that wants to hold the america public hostage. I can only think of one nation at the moment.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:21 PM

10. That's 70 million more people than voted in the 2008 election by 70.

Way more than voted in 2016. That's all of us.

Agreed with the point upthread that this was on purpose.

Take back the our states election systems and demand paper ballots and hack-proof systems.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:23 PM

11. A Republican data analytics firm--of course. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:39 PM

13. Making it far easier for Republican SoS in swing states to choose their Crosscheck victims

for 'accidental' removal due to 'similar names', of course.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:42 PM

14. Meh. Just coinncidence.

Expect Prince Bogawa from Nigeria to contact you directly about a lot of free money.

Or your right to vote to be compromised because someone used your data to register in a different state.

Could become a clustermess.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:43 PM

15. Lock them up! Lock them Up! They used an unsecured server!

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:00 PM

17. Bannon/Breitbart funded by Mercer billionaires who have a different analytical company


Those data records are much more than registrations. Up to 48 pieces of info about likes and preferences and political activities.

Maybe DATA LAUNDERING of Cambridge Analytica data (Republican Mercers, Robert and Rebekah)?

And maybe Republican collusion: LIHOP Let It Happen On Purpose maybe to let the Russians just "happen" to stumble on it.

A tweeter says he has info that Republican Steve Bannon is "shitting diamonds" over this whole issue. He has obtained legal counsel & NOT Republican Trump's lawyer.

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #17)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:23 PM

23. The Russkis aren't stumbling into this - they helped cook it up

Or at least influenced its conception and execution.

Don't play a strategic game involving knocking of key assets with a russian (e.g. chess). I know, I tried.

Part of the problem with our so-called democratic and "open" state is that external actors have much more access to the knowledge pipelines. I don't want to lose sunshine in our processes but we need to be far more diligent than we have been.

People like the GOoPers should not be allowed to touch information with any real information, let alone personal identifiers. Lordy knows they don't need real information to make their decisions.

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Response to erronis (Reply #23)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:25 PM

25. Yes, but by "accidentally" leaving the database exposed, the US companies try to have a cover story.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 03:07 PM

19. "But her emails"

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:24 PM

24. Bigger question for me.. Does the Democratic Party have access

to this same data?

If so, how is it that the parties know who voted, and how they voted, yet can't seem to get the actual voting numbers accurate???

How does a political party go about getting access to this info?

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Response to Amimnoch (Reply #24)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:46 PM

28. Some of the information is public record

Voter name, address, party affiliation if applicable, whether or not they voted in previous elections - that can be obtained from county registrars. Who they voted for isn't. What's unusual is the scope of the date: 100million+ records is just about every voter in the country, as well as attempts to correlated them with Facebook and similar postings.

How does a party get the data? In my county the party goes down to the registrar's office and asks for it.
Then they can look at it and try to deduce patterns, if any. The registrars control the voting process and tally the results, which get rolled up to the state.

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Response to Amimnoch (Reply #24)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:52 PM

30. They don't know how they voted.

Just saying.

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 04:53 PM

31. But her emails!

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Response to Jim Dandy (Original post)

Mon Jun 19, 2017, 05:22 PM

33. Locking - duplicate thread

of https://www.democraticunderground.com/10141802809 . Please continue discussion there. Thank you.

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