Data from 93.4 million Mexican voters were accessible on Amazon server

Apr

25

2016

The data of 93.4 million Mexican voters were accessible through a database on a server American Amazon. The database comprised 132GB of data and was approaching without a username or password.

It would be a MongoDB database, so writes the site Databreaches. This was discovered by security researcher Chris Vickery and contained data such as name, address, occupation, names of parents and an identification for voters. It is unclear who owns the server or whose data did it. The data itself proved to be derived from the National Electoral Institute of Mexico.

It took about a week until the information was taken offline after Vickery had approached several parties with the information. He had a lot of trouble the Mexican authorities to inform. Under Mexican law this information is confidential and there is a penalty of 12 years to steal government data. According Databreaches this is not the first time that leaked details of Mexicans. So there would have been between 2003 and 2012, various incidents in which data are made manifest.

Recently, also the personal data of 55 million Filipino voters online encountered , which included, among other fingerprints. Although the data is not leaked now are very sensitive, they can be employed on a large scale, for example, phishing and identity fraud. Chris Vickery was also one that a database containing the data of 191 million American voters discovered .

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