Right-Wing Company Of Convicted Embezzler Turned Christian Linked To Huge Leaks Of US Voter Records - 2016-01-04
Late last month, a huge database of 191 million US voter registration records was uncovered by white hat hacker Chris Vickery, but it was a mystery as to who was responsible for the leak. After uncovering a second database containing records of as many as 54 million voters, he now believes those running a pro-conservative, Christian group - United In Purpose - may have mistakenly left both information troves open to anyone who knew the right IP addresses to look up. The organisation is run by convicted embezzler, now converted Christian, entrepreneur and California resident Bill Dallas.
The first database contained information including names, home addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, party affiliations, and logs of whether or not they had voted in primary or general elections. Such data is publicly available in most states, though in some a fee is charged. It is not supposed to be available to anyone, anywhere, as was the case until the database was removed.
The second database contained around 54 million voter entries from a limited number of states, but there were more fields containing additional personal information, including interests, precise location, religious beliefs and whether or not they'd been contacted. Such data is useful for identity thieves, as well as political groups using it for legal purposes.