Details of 87 Million Voters in Mexico Publicly Displayed on Amazon Server

/ 8 years ago

Mexico's Flag on a Laptop Screen

Mexico hasn’t had the best of luck when it comes to their elections and technology, with a hacker recently claiming to have been responsible for rigging their 2012 election and now it appears that 87 million voters had their details publicly displayed on Amazon servers for all to see.

The leak was initially discovered by MacKeeper security researcher Chris Vickery. Vickery notified both officials within the US and Mexico to the security risk and Mexico’s National Electoral Institute confirmed that the leak was genuine on Friday.

What does this mean? Well according to notes from the institute, the leak is nothing short of a criminal offense with 87 million voters having everything from their names and birthdays to addresses and national identification numbers being revealed to the public.

While it isn’t the only data breach to be exposed in Mexico’s electoral ring, the data appears to have not only been stored on an Amazon but it also lacked any authentication, meaning that once you knew the server details you had access to everyone’s voting information.

In this day and age, when it comes to sensitive information it is criminal to leak the information and inexcusable to be able to access what is meant to be private and confidential details without some sort of password or identification process occurring.

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