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Register To Vote!

and good things will happen!

(as posted in full by Peter…)

So much for privacy . . .

If you’re a registered voter in the USA, it looks like your personal information has been compromised.

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 … 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.

. . .

Right now, thanks to someone’s carelessness, it’s free to anyone who can find what Vickery did. That means anyone in the world can find out where a person in the US lives and what political beliefs they may have. If they can find the database, scammers and marketing folk alike will likely benefit most.

There’s more at the link.

I fear that in the age of the Internet, personal privacy has become nothing more than a contradiction in terms . . .

Peter

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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2 thoughts on “Register To Vote!

  1. At least with a business getting hacked, you have some recourse. They want to keep your money coming in so they will do what they can to keep you as a customer.

    Anything involving a govt entity – pi$$ off if you’ve got a problem. They couldn’t care less and will take your money at gunpoint if that’s what it takes.
    I’ve seen govt stooges on TV talking about, “People give businesses private data all the time”, as if commercial transactions have some kind of kinship to govt “transactions”. BIG DIFFERENCE if I can’t stop the “transaction” or never wanted to enter into it in the first place….and Home Depot, Apple or Sony can’t throw me in prison.
    I can get a new credit card with a different number within 24hrs.
    What’s the 800 number to get a new social security number?

    Posted by KM | December 30, 2015, 11:14 am

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