By: Denise Simon | Founders Code
The Department of Homeland Security noticed an increase of election-related incidents but thinks midterm voting will go off relatively unproblematically. Anomali reports a surge in black-market trafficking of voter records.
But you won’t find out from Facebook if there are any issues… Facebook is going to block all posts regarding voting issues.
What could be the issues?
Anomali Labs researchers in close partnership with Intel 471, a leading cybercrime intelligence provider, have uncovered a widespread unauthorized information disclosure of US voter registration databases. To be clear, this voter information is made generally available to the public for legitimate uses. Anomali and Intel 471 researchers discovered dark web communications offering a large quantity of voter databases for sale. The databases include valuable personally identifiable information and voting history. The disclosure reportedly affects 19 states and includes 23 million records for just three of the 19 states. No record counts were provided for the remaining 16 states, but do include prices for each state. We estimate that the entire contents of the disclosure could exceed 35 million records. Researchers have reviewed a sample of the database records and determined the data to be valid with a high degree of confidence.