CA voter database left exposed, held for ransom

Personal info of about 19 million California voters was publicly available in an unsecured MongoDB database and later held for ransom.

The ransom demand was for 0.2 Bitcoin, which is approximately $3,500. Some of the accessible info included voters’ full names, addresses and phone numbers.

In 2016, California had 18.2 million registered voters, and the database supposedly held a complete list of the state’s records on these voters.

It’s not known if the database is official, but if so, deleting parts of the data it contains could affect voting processes.

The owner of the database still hasn’t been identified, and it’s unclear if the voter info was copied before it was deleted.


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