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In late 2015, a security researcher found voter registration records of 191 million US voters on the Internet. Months later, hackers were found selling those records on several dark web marketplaces. Now, the IT security firm Kromtech has revealed that its researchers discovered a MongoDB database (a popular database management system) containing over 19 million California voters records.

Database Was Left Exposed

The database was left exposed for anyone with an Internet access to view or edit. In the majority of such cases, researchers contact the affected party and inform them about the exposed data, but in this case, Kromtech researchers were unable to identify the owner.

Remember, MongoDB is used by popular organizations such as LinkedIn, MetLife, City of Chicago, Expedia, BuzzFeed, KMPG and The Guardian etc.

Cybercriminals Held Voters Database For Ransom

Since early 2017, hackers have been targeting MongoDB based databases. In this case, according to researchers hackers discovered voters records, took control of it and left a ransom note before deleting the entire database.

The ransom note asked the owner of the database to send 0.2 bitcoin, that is around USD 3,123 (thanks to sudden price hike) to a bitcoin address. However, the fact that cybercriminals erased the database, researchers were unable to conduct a detailed analysis.

Furthermore, the group stated that “your database is downloaded and backed up on our secure servers.” Simply put: the group now holds the database and wants the owner to pay to get it back.

What Data The Database Had

In total, the 4GB database contained 19,264,123 records. As expected, it included highly personal and sensitive data of registered Californian voters such as:

City: 
Zip: 
StreetType: 
LastName: 
HouseFractionNumber
RegistrationMethodCode 
State: CA 
Phone4Exchng: 
MailingState: CA
Email: 
Phone3Area: 
Phone3NumPart: 
Status: A 
Phone4Area: 
StreetName: 
FirstName:
StreetDirSuffix: 
RegistrantId:
Phone1NumPart: 
UnitType: 
Phone2NumPart: 
VoterStatusReasonCodeDesc: Voter Requested 
Precinct: 
PrecinctNumber: 
PlaceOfBirth: 
Phone1Exchng:
AddressNumberSuffix: 
ExtractDate: 2017-05-31
Language: ENG 
Dob: 
Gender: 
MailingCountry:
AssistanceRequestFlag 
MailingCity: 
MiddleName:
AddressNumber: 
StreetDirPrefix: 
RegistrationDate: 
PartyCode: 
Phone1Area: 
Suffix:
NonStandardAddress: 
Phone4NumPart: 
CountyCode: 
MailingAdd3: 
MailingAdd2: 
MailingAdd1:
UnitNumber: 
Phone2Exchng: 
NamePrefix: 
_id: ObjectId 
MailingZip5: 
Phone2Area:

Moreover, researchers also found a 22GB file that contained a massive 409,449,416 records of complete California voter registration records. It is believed that the database was created back on May 31st, 2017.

ExtractDate: '2017-05-31',
'District': 
'RegistrantId': 
'CountyCode':, 
'DistrictName':
'_id': ObjectId

MongoDB And Ransom

Since 2016, there have been a number of incidents where MongoDB database have been found exposed on the Internet or held for ransom. In January this year, several unsecured MongoDB databases were hijacked by a hacker, who not only wiped out those databases but also stored copies of them and asked for a ransom of 0.2 bitcoins (roughly US$ 211 at that time).

Researchers also found 13 MillionMacKeeper’ credentials and 58 million business firm accounts exposed online due to misconfigured MongoDB database last year. Last week, AI.Type keyboard app had 31 million customers records exposed online due to misconfigured MongoDB database. In that case, it was discovered that the keyboard app has been spying on users and collecting everything a user does on their smartphone.

Voters Database And Dark Web

A dark web marketplace is a perfect place for hackers and cybercriminals to sell what they steal from others. A year ago, entire US voters’ registration records were being sold on now seized Hansa marketplace, therefore, Californians should not be surprised if their data goes on the dark web for sale.

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Russian Hackers Tried to Access California Election System

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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said he was informed “for the first time” by the DHS on Friday of last year’s attempt, in which Russian hackers “scanned” the website with the intent to “identify weaknesses in a computer or network – akin to a burglar looking for unlocked doors…

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California woman pleads guilty in international fraud case

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TENNESSEE GIRL SAFE, TEACHER ARRESTED NEAR CALIFORNIA CABIN

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A 15-year-old Tennessee girl was rescued near a cabin in a remote part of northern California on Thursday, more than a month after her 50-year-old teacher kidnapped her and set off a nationwide manhunt, authorities said.

Health sciences teacher Tad Cummins surrendered to sheriff’s deputies without incident in Cecilville, California, hours after they had set up surveillance on his vehicle in the area, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. The girl was apparently healthy and unharmed, and authorities said their main concern was her emotional and mental state.

“We couldn’t be happier to tell you she will soon be on her way back home to Tennessee,” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said.

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California Police Arrest Teen in High School Nude Video Scandal

A 17-year-old student was arrested Tuesday after allegedly taking a nude recording of a Northern California high school administrator at a fitness center and uploading it to social media last month, CBS San Francisco station KPIX-TV reports.

The victim, Clayton Valley Charter High School Executive Director David Linzey, was in the locker room at the fitness center in unincorporated Walnut Creek on Feb. 20 when he was secretly recorded with a cellphone. The video was uploaded to Snapchat, school spokesman Mike McCey said.

McCey said the incident was reported to the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 21 after it was discovered that several students had distributed still photos from the video to others on the campus of the Concord school.

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Two California men charged with ID theft connected to gas pump skimmer

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Two California men charged with ID theft connected to gas pump skimmer

Two California men arrested last week, suspected of placing credit card skimmers on gas pumps in Madison, were each charged Wednesday with 11 counts of identity theft for allegedly using credit card information gleaned from two skimming victims to steal

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California Governor Signs Law to Create First State Ethnic Studies Curriculum – Curriculum Matters – Education Week

California’s new law requires the state’s education department to create a template for an ethnic studies curriculum.

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California teen arrested for possession of drugs, guns

A 17-year-old was arrested Saturday evening after police found out that he was in possession of drugs and guns.

Officers conducted a probation search around 5:44 PM, police said.

A loaded .32 caliber revolver, a loaded .380 automatic handgun, half a pound of a substance that’s suspected to be methamphetamine, and an ounce of marijuana was found during the probation search, police said.

Officers located some evidence that suggested illegal sale of narcotics and large amounts of cash, according to police.

The teen was arrested on suspicion of drug offenses, numerous weapons, and violating probation, police said.

25-year-old Vacaville resident Martin Rodriguez was arrested during the search for an unrelated outstanding warrant, police said.

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California pageant winner charged in child pornography case

A California mother of three who once won the Mrs. Orange County pageant has been charged with using a 4-year-old relative to make child porn.

City News Service says 25-year-old Meghan Alt of Irvine was in court Friday but did not enter a plea. She faces felony charges including possession and control of child pornography and three counts of lewd acts on a child younger than 14.

The Irvine resident was arrested Wednesday. Investigators believe she created and sent sexually explicit images in exchange for cash and gifts.

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying any potential additional victims.

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