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The Truth Behind Voter Registration Data Found on the Darknet
Very few would argue that recent headlines concerning election security haven’t been alarming. From hacking to voting systems to stolen voter registration data and the deliberate distribution of false candidate information, it’s no wonder people are questioning the integrity of election results. It’s hard to know who or what to believe, and while there is questionable information floating around, much of what we’ve read concerning election security is based on fact. However, “just the facts” without context can be just as dangerous or misleading as lies. One example is the concern over voter registration records discovered in the Darknet marketplace. Through our research, the CyberDefenses team has been able to confirm that the story is true, but the story doesn’t warrant panic, and here’s why: This voter registration data is already freely accessible to anyone who requests it from their state governments. In many cases, this information is used by candidates or non-profit organizations in marketing campaigns focused around gathering votes or support for causes.
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