Mexican Voter Breach Another in a Recent String of Election Breaches


Gone are the days of bumbling ex-CIA agents breaking into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex and attempting to steal campaign documents and insert listening devices. 

Now, rolls of voter data are being released to the public with ease.  

Recently, more than 93.4 million voter registration records were made available on a public Amazon cloud, according to cybersecurity researcher Chris Vickery. Mexican voter data is “strictly confidential” and after being reported to various law enforcement agencies it was taken down April 22, the report said. 

After news of the breach spread, Mexican voter institute INE recently said it has filed a lawsuit against “whoever is found responsible,” for the massive data breach. 

The Mexico voter database breach wasn’t the only one in recent weeks. In the Philippines, about 55 million voter records were breached from Comelec—the nation’s election commission—and released publicly on the internet. The information included personal information such as name, address, e-mail address, passport information, height, weight and biometric information. 

According to a Bloomberg interview with FireEye Asia-Pacific Chief Technical Officer Bryce Boland, “it’s just a matter of time” before criminal groups will be able to use this kind of information for high-level fraud. 

Boland blames the breach on the lack of cybersecurity maturity and defense funding in many Asian countries. 

U.S. elections have also had there cybersecurity issues in the past. According to an earlier Bloomberg BNA blog post, 74 percent of declared Republican and Democratic presidential candidates’ websites failed to adequately protect visitors’ privacy. 

Hopefully, as the election season progressed, so has the candidates’ cybersecurity maturity. 

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