Hacked Voter Data for 186 Million US Voters Highlights 2020 Election Cybersecurity Dangers
Concern about US 2020 Election cybersecurity have been growing, with experts raising red flags about potential cyberattacks and possible data security issues for both voters and election results. Some of those concerns are coming to fruition in the runup to November 3, as hacked voter data for an estimated 186 million US voters just made its debut on the Dark Web and ransomware is unleashed in a Georgia county impacting everything from a voter signature database to precinct maps.
Dark Web researchers uncovered this trove of data over the weekend in a Dark Web post selling the information. According to the seller, the information includes 245 million records containing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) including 186 million that contain voting registrations from around the country complete with the names, addresses, age, gender, and political affiliations – a boon for cybercriminals in today’s hot Dark Web data markets.
Exposed PII is More Dangerous Than You Think
The public availability of voter information varies from state to state, so some of this information is likely generally publically available if you know where to look. But not all of it is public information, and not conveniently gathered together in one handy bunch. This makes the database more attractive for bad actors as they execute election-related cybercrimes in the coming weeks or use this information in the future.
One major concern with this kind of information is the possibility of spear phishing. Cybercriminals can use this data to launch attacks that solicit “last-minute donations”, give out false information, steal more PII or financial information from voters, or craft other election-related campaigns. The information can also be used for attacks aimed at voter suppression and voter intimidation.
Data Like This Can Spell Trouble for Businesses
Information like this doesn’t seem like it would be a business concern, but you’d be wrong. Exposed employee PII is one major factor of what makes the Dark Web more dangerous for businesses every day. Not only can this PII be used for election-related phishing, but it can also be used for business-related phishing by allowing cybercriminals to hone in on their targets more precisely, especially when conducting whaling and business email compromise operations.
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