Data of millions of American voters published on the darknet
On one of the Russian hacker forums, a user using the pseudonym Gorka9 published databases of millions of voters in the states of Michigan, Connecticut, Arkansas, Florida and North Carolina, the Kommersant newspaper reported.
Michigan's database contains records of 7.6 million voters, including information on names, dates of birth, gender, registration dates, home addresses, zip codes, email, voter identification numbers, and polling station numbers. As noted by Gorka9, the data is current for March 2020.
All data found is public information that is collected by companies such as voterrecords.com. There are resources (michiganvoters.info) where you can openly download the Michigan voter base.
Forum users have already found a way to monetize information about American voters that does not require any specialized skills. To do this, it is proposed to use the US Department of State Rewards for Justice program ("Rewards for Justice"). According to one of the forum participants, within its framework he managed to receive a financial reward in the amount of about $ 4 thousand for a link to the leaked Connecticut voter base.
On August 5, the US Department of State announced an award of up to $ 10 million for information that will help identify individuals seeking to influence election results through "illegal cyber activity" in the interests of a foreign government. The award was announced three months before the US presidential election scheduled for November 3.