7.5 Million Voter Records Allegedly Exposed in Georgia Data Breach
The FBI is investigating a possible data breach at the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University. As many as 7.5 million Georgia voters may have had their personal information compromised.
A Georgia reporter, Aaron Diamant, confirmed the Governor’s office contacted the FBI after they discovered the scope of this potential breach.
Kennesaw State facilitates Georgia elections and maintains all of the State’s voting machines.
“Kennesaw State officials are working with federal law enforcement officials to determine whether and to what extent a data breach may have occurred involving records maintained by the Center for Election Systems,” the University said in a statement. “Because this involved a pending criminal investigation Kennesaw State will have no further comment on this matter and any inquiries should be addressed to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
The FBI and U.S.Attorney’s Office have not commented on matter, and no one has released an official report of exactly how many voters were affected.
The Georgia Secretary of State, which maintains its own voter database of 6.6 million Georgians, maintains their systems have not been breached.
This is the second breach Georgia voters have faced in the past few years. In 2015, the Secretary of State’s Office accidentally disclosed the Social Security numbers and the personal information of more than six million people. The data was inadvertently sent to over 12 organizations, including media outlets, that subscribe to state voter lists. The Secretary of State assured residents the discs containing the data were recovered or destroyed.