Voter data on 198 million (yes that’s million) US Citizens was improperly stored and freely available for 12 days on the internet.
There has never been a data breach this big. The information includes birth-dates, home addresses, telephone numbers, political views, suspected religious affiliations, ethnic background, where they stood on topics like gun control, the right to abortion and stem cell research.
This type of data can easily be used for nefarious purposes, from identity fraud to harassment or intimidation of people who hold an opposing political view. Worst of all, when the bad guys get a hold of this data, they can send highly personalized phishing attacks to you, looking like something totally legit. At this point, from here on out, treat any email you get at the house or the office with a healthy dose of suspicion and ask yourself if it could be a scam. Do not click on links in emails and do not open attachments you did not ask for. Also, be careful with robocalls, and phone scammers that seem to know a lot about you.
Summer time is a busy hectic time for many of us, mistakes are easily made.
Remember, Think Before You Click!