I’m Chris Vickery. I know your phone number, address, date of birth, and more (if you’re registered to vote in the US).I have recently downloaded voter registration records for 191 million Americans from a leaky database. I believe this is every registered voter in the entire country. To be very clear, this was not a hack. The mysterious, insecure database is currently configured for public access. No password or other authentication is required at all. Anyone with an internet connection can grab all 300+ gigabytes.
We’re talking about first name, middle name, last name, home address, mailing address, phone number, date of birth, party affiliation, and logs of whether or not you voted in primary/general elections all the way back to 2000. I looked myself up in the Texas table. It’s accurate.
It is not known whether or not “high risk professionals” are included in this database. However, I have looked up several police officers in my city, and their data is indeed present. I’ve been working with journalists and authorities for over a week to get this database shut down or secured. No luck so far. UPDATE: Database is now offline, but obviously all evil parties have everything already.
ROBERT STEELE: I wrote the original letter to the White House action officer (at Treasury) for cyber security. NSA was given the responsibility for protecting all communications and computing systems in the USA. NSA committed treason by persuading US CEOs to gut their security for the convenience of NSA, rather than doing what it was supposed to do. The lack of security across all IT systems is something I and others (notably Winn Schwartau) have been sounding the alarm on since 1988. The persistence of idiocy, incompetence, and actual treason at multiple levels of the US Government. I am just sick to my stomach by the degree to which the US Government has failed to protect and nurture the public interest.
Steele, Robert with James Anderson, William Caelli, and Winn Schwartau, “Correspondence, Sounding the Alarm on Cyber Security,” McLean, VA: Open Source Solutions, Inc., August 23, 1994.