Entire DC voters’ list may have been breached


The District of Columbia Board of Elections (DCBOE) said that attackers may have accessed a copy of the DCBOE voter roll, a list encompassing everyone registered to vote in Washington, DC.

DCBOE, the agency responsible for administering elections, learned that a hacker attack on the DataNet Systems server hosting provider in early October may have exposed all registered voters in the District of Columbia, commonly known as Washington, DC.

“DataNet Systems confirmed that bad actors MAY have had access to the full voter roll, which includes personal identifiable information (PII) including partial social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, and contact information such as phone numbers and email addresses,” DCBOE said.

According to the agency, DataNet Systems could not say if or when the file may have been accessed or how many voters may have accessed their data. However, over 330,000 DC voters participated in the 2020 US presidential elections.

The DCBOE breach first came to light in early October, after the RansomedVC ransomware gang posted the agency on its dark web blog, which used to showcase the cartels’ latest victims. Attackers said that they’ve accessed over 600,000 lines of US voter data.

Earlier this year, RansomedVC hackers said they had attacked Sony Group Corporation, a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation. The attackers claim that they breached the Japanese tech and media behemoth and compromised all of its systems.

RansomedVC is a relative newcomer, first observed in 2023. The group has already targeted the Hawaii Health System, TransUnion, and other organizations.


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