Hacker Selling Reported GA Voter List for $250

Does anyone else think whoever is selling the purported list of Georgia’s voters is setting the price too low?

If so, you can scoop up that bargain (and 18 other states’ rolls) according to a report in ZDNet. The technology news website didn’t list the “popular hacking forum” where the information is being sold, but according to experts, this dump is the latest project of a well-known voter-database hacker “Omnipotent”.

From the report:

“To our knowledge this represents the first reference on the criminal underground of actors selling or distributing lists of 2018 voter registration data,” said researchers from Anomali Labs and Intel471, the two companies who spotted the forum ad.

The two companies said they’ve reviewed a sample of the database records and determined the data to be valid with a “high degree of confidence.”

Hooray!

The good news: “authorities have been made aware of the thread”.

The bad news: “the person who’s selling the voter data claimed that ‘data is refreshed each Monday of every week,’ suggesting that he either still has access to the compromised servers or a way to receive these updates through other means.”

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Can’t you just get a copy from Brian Kemp for free?

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

order today and you’ll get their SSN’s on a bonus CD!

Will Durant
Will Durant

But… but… all the discs were recovered and they were confident the database was never disseminated and secured. Want a shorter word for incompetent? Kemp.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

The Georgia Sec. of State office confirmed to me several years ago, by phone, they do NOT enforce the law that Voter information distributed by the SOS not be used for commercial purposes. Anyone can buy the info. Anyone can do what they want with the info. Law be damned. “By law, voter registration lists are available to the public and contain the following information: voter name, residential address, mailing address if different, race, gender, registration date, and last voting date. Pricing is set by the Secretary of State’s Office. Such data may not be used by any person for… Read more »

TDubs
TDubs

Exactly it is public. I believe one expression is “money for old rope”. Maybe said hacker is getting it from a candidate’s campaign (they would be likely to refresh to contact newly registered voters). It really isn’t a story unless it contains more data than previously noted.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Yes the voter roll is public info for the press and political parties. What SoS Kemp’s office previously distributed and falsely claimed to contain also included SSNs and GA DL nos. as it was a list intended only for the GA revenue dept. to then turn over to private collection agencies. Which is also a veiled voter suppression mechanism and should not be allowed.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

I discovered this tidbit about SSN’s on voter rolls. If you registered many years ago, a full SSN and other bits of private info was required. Recent registrations, that did not fill in this info, were not compromised in the big giveaway. The Counties or State cannot delete the information on prior registrations. The Voter MUST re-register and leave blank any fields no longer required, such as full SSN, ph#, etc. You can screw with the gerrymandering race stats and simply put “unknown” (pending your DNA results -wink, wink).

bethebalance
bethebalance

To my knowledge, the changes to requiring SSNs were made whenever the state got around to implementing HAVA, which required Voter ID #s as primary identifier instead of SSNs. Maybe 2008?

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

“Does anyone else think whoever is selling the purported list of Georgia’s voters is setting the price too low?”
If someone had done their research before posting you would have known that the answer is “NO“. The reason the answer is “NO” is because the same exact list is available from the Secretary of State for… wait for it… $250.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Things to Ponder…

Can TheDeepDark throw shade if he is The Dark and is in the deep?

bethebalance
bethebalance

That was my 1st thought. It already costs exactly $250.
So do you get 18 total states for $250 or is it $250 apiece?

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Reading comprehension is your friend: “Seller is asking $42,200 for all 19 US state voter databases.”

bethebalance
bethebalance

Oh, I didn’t have the time to read it.
Which is why I appreciate the info.
$42.2K does not sound like a good deal at all.

Benevolus
Benevolus

This isn’t a fair fight. ed can’t fight back because you can freeze his access if he annoys you.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Ed already annoys me… yet, we still let him post. But really, what can he say that would make his complete lack of research, or effort, look better?

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

sounds about right. Thanks for researching the date.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Why are the crooks selling us so stinkin’ cheap? Examples: Louisiana $5,000; S Carolina $2,500; Tennessee $2,500; Idaho $1,000; S Dakota $2,500; Idaho $1,000. The only one lower than GA is Kansas at $200. Out of the 19 states in the article, 2nd from bottom in market value? SMH

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Guess you didn’t read that the GA Secretary of State sells the same list for $250.

This post is why I had to make the apology to our readers today. It was not researched, and the sourced article was not researched either.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Yes, I read that. Just figured the crooks were jacking up the prices for those other states, but not for good old Jaw-Jah.

Hey, I just logged in and found this new posting box – Cool! And it even has a little notify -of -reply bell below. I just clicked it; please reply so we can see if it works for me now.
Thanks for watching over our motley crue!

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Did it work?

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Yes!! Thank you, DD 🙂