This post was originally published on this site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

The records were first exposed in an unsecured MongoDB database, continuing a cyber-extortion trend.

Voter registration data for over 19.2 million California residents that was residing on an unsecured MongoDB database has been deleted and held for ransom by attackers, according to researchers at Kromtech, who discovered the incident.

This continues a series of cyber-extortion attacks that exploit the MongoDB database management system. Similar to others, in this instance, the attacker scanned the internet for unsecured MongoDB databases, found the one containing the voter data, wiped the data and left a ransom request for 0.2 Bitcoin (around $3,500 US today), Bleeping Computer reports

The Kromtech researchers state they have not been able to identify the owner of the database. They “believe that this could have been a political action committee or a specific campaign based on the unofficial title of the repository (‘cool_db’), but this is only a suspicion.”

For more information see here.

Dark Reading’s Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

More Insights

At L Technology Group, we know technology alone will not protect us from the risks associated with in cyberspace. Hackers, Nation States like Russia and China along with “Bob” in HR opening that email, are all real threats to your organization. Defending against these threats requires a new strategy that incorporates not only technology, but also intelligent personnel who, eats and breaths cybersecurity. Together with proven processes and techniques combines for an advanced next-generation security solution. Since 2008 L Technology Group has develop people, processes and technology to combat the ever changing threat landscape that businesses face day to day.

Call Toll Free (855) 999-6425 for a FREE Consultation from L Technology Group,