Hackers steal 19 million California voting records

Screenshot 2017-12-16 at 09.57.53Personal information of at least 19 million California registered voters — pretty much every voter in the state — ended up in the hands of hackers who apparently held it for ransom payable in Bitcoin earlier this year, researchers at a German digital security firm reported Friday.

It remained unclear Friday whether someone paid the ransom and whether hackers deleted the data, but researchers at the Kromtech Security Center said the Secretary of State of California “was aware of the leak” and that it was “looking into it.”

In a statement to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the office of the Secretary of State said there was “no evidence that any of the Secretary of State’s systems have been hacked or breached.”

San Diego Union-Tribune

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