Cybersecurity company Trustwave says it discovered a hacker selling personally identifying information on 245 million Americans, including voter registration data for 186 million.
Trustwave found the hacker, calling himself Greenmoon2019, by trawling "dark web" forums for threat information; the firm used fictitious identities to induce Greenmoon2019 to provide more information, including a bitcoin wallet for collecting payment.
The hacker also used other stolen data to pair email addresses with voter rolls and sell it as a package.
Trustwave has turned these findings over to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trustwave's Ziv Mador said, "In the wrong hands, this voter and consumer data can easily be used for geotargeted disinformation campaigns over social media, email phishing, and text and phone scams before, during, and after the [presidential] election, especially if results are contested."
From NBC News
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