>A misconfigured database has led to the disclosure of 191 million voter records. The database, discovered by researcher Chris Vickery, doesn't seem to have an owner; it's just sitting in the public – waiting to be discovered by anyone who happens to be looking.
>The database contains a voter's full name (first, middle, last), their home address, mailing address, a unique voter ID, state voter ID, gender, date of birth, date of registration, phone number, a yes/no field for if the number is on the national do-not-call list, political affiliation, and a detailed voting history since 2000. In addition, the database contains fields for voter prediction scores.
That's why you need a comprehensive federal agency that deals with this stuff, if old Mexico can do it then there's no reason why the US can't.
In Mexico when you turn 18 you go get a free ID card that is valid for almost everything that requires ID, you need it to vote and you can only vote in your district, if you're elsewhere for whatever reason then you need to use special ballots which are easily trackable and accounted for.
>using a 200 year old electoral system
A friend of mine was an intern for someone running for congress, and just as an intern had access to all the same shit for our state. He looked through it all, being the Democrat he is.
Actually, it's exactly what a whitehat does. You can tell he's a whitehat because he 1) did everything in his power to fix the problem while 2) minimizing further exposure.
By comparison, a blackhat would have simply sold the information on the black market, or perhaps found a vulnerability in the obviously misconfigured database and used it for personal gain.
As a rule of thumb, when somebody tries to fix a problem, they're a whitehat. When they exploit the problem, they're a blackhat.
Here is Ohio's, for example:
It's hardly a major breakin when all you need to know is the name and county to look up anyone's registration in the state.
I just looked up a friend of mine. Full name, home address, and their polling location.
It's a public database. Anyone who works on a volunteer campaign can get a full copy of it. This "hax" is about as significant as Anonymoose opening a phone book.
>a detailed voting history since 2000
Some one explain this.
Do you Americans have to fill out your personal details on the same slip that you have to tick the box next to either dickehead 1 or dickhead two's name?
>When I die, I want to be buried in Hudson County so I can remain active in politics.
Thankfully, that kind of large-scale fraud in state and federal elections is nearly extinct.
Here's a Heritage Foundation sampling:
Nearly all cases were transparent attempts by individuals to impersonate another registered voter in order to vote in a local election. In a locally-administered race where the margin of victory might be less than 10 votes, it's apparently still pretty tempting for some people.
>when you turn 18 you go get a free ID card that is valid for almost everything that requires ID
Whoa, jefe, cool it with your socialist dystopia.