Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Personal Information From 90 Million Mexican Voters Was Left Online, Unsecured

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, Vice:

In the morning of April 14, Chris Vickery, a hacker and security researcher, was browsing Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices and servers, when he noticed an unusually large database of more than 100 gigabytes on an Amazon cloud storage called “padron2015.”

As it turned out, the database contained the personal information, including full names, home addresses, and national identification numbers, of virtually all registered voters in Mexico. The information had been left completely open to anyone, as there was no passwords or any other protection on it.

You might think that governments would be cracking down on their information security after the personal data of hundreds of millions of others was leaked recently, but I guess not.