SSN Identity Hack of 1.3 Million Chicago Voters
"Vote early and often" has been a Chicago
humorous poke at the city's past reputation
for rigged elections. With the recent admission,
by a civic organization, of their recently successful
penetration of the entire voter database, no one
in Chicago is laughing now.
It seems, 1.3 million Chicagoan's voter records have been
compromised by the unauthorized access from the Illinois
Ballet Integrity Project which describes itself as a
not for profit civic organization dedicated to the
correction of election system deficiences.
What planet are these folks operating from?
Aren't they aware that accessing a database of
a government, although a city, is tantamount to
breaking and entering which is usually a crime?
But, when the database which was illegally accessed
includes the highly sensitive information of consumers
this self described "civic" organization has most
minimally crossed an ethical line by committing a
public disservice. Most likely, though, they've
committed an serious error which is tantamount
to identity theft.
The sensitive information contained within the
Chicago registered voter database included:
- Social Security Numbers (ssn)
- Date of Birth (dob)
While this civic group claims they only accessed
the database to prove their point, who's to believe
those 1,3000,000 social security numbers have not
Would you bet your financial future and
family's well being on it?
So, our tip for today is for all of those 1.3
million registered voters in Chicago to seek
protection. Get yourself enrolled in any
quality credit monitoring service to
prevent the abuse of identity theft & credit fraud.
Also, make sure to tell a friend or an associate
you know who's a registered voter in Chicago about
this important new development.