(Reuters) – An eccentric mechanism confidence researcher unclosed a database of information on 191 million electorate that is unprotected on a open Internet due to an wrongly configured database, he pronounced on Monday.
The database includes names, addresses, birth dates, celebration affiliations, phone numbers and emails of electorate in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, researcher Chris Vickery pronounced in a phone interview.
Vickery, a tech support dilettante from Austin, Texas, pronounced he found a information while looking for information unprotected on a Web in a bid to lift recognition of information leaks.
“I wish a multitude to honour remoteness more,” he said. “We need critical referendum on a approach private information is handled.”
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He pronounced he has unclosed about 80 unprotected databases, including a new reported bearing of information on millions of fans of Sanrio Co Ltd’s Hello Kitty.
Vickery pronounced he could not tell either others had accessed a voter database, that took about a day to download.
While voter information is typically deliberate open information, it would be time-consuming and costly to accumulate a database of all American voters. A trove of all U.S. voter information could be profitable to criminals looking for lists of vast numbers of targets for a accumulation of rascal schemes.
“The shocking partial is that a information is so concentrated,” pronounced Vickery.
Vickery pronounced he has not been means to brand who controls a database. He pronounced he is operative with U.S. sovereign authorities to find a owners so they can mislay it from open view. He declined to brand a agencies.
A deputy with a Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to criticism on a matter.
A deputy with a U.S. Federal Elections Commission, that regulates debate financing, pronounced a group does not have office over safeguarding voter records.
Regulations on safeguarding voter information change from state to state, with many states commanding no restrictions. California, for example, requires that voter information be used for domestic functions usually and not be accessible to persons outward of a United States, according to a website of NationBuilder, a association that sells voter records.
Privacy advocates pronounced Vickery’s commentary were troubling.
“Privacy regulations are compulsory so a person’s domestic information can be kept private and safe,” pronounced Jeff Chester, executive executive of a Washington-based Center for Digital Democracy. The trickle was initial reported by CSO Online and Databreaches.net, mechanism and remoteness news sites that Vickery pronounced helped him try to locate a database’s owner.
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