As reported by Cyberscoop, a hacking group confirmed today that they had breached the Washington, D.C. Board of Elections. The claim was posted on a popular hacking forum were data is bought and sold.
The breached was alleged to take place last Tuesday with the Board of Elections confirming that they were maliciously accessed via their hosting provider on Thursday. They have since closed the site down while doing further investigation. They are currently working with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security along with external cybersecurity professionals.
The data that was included in the breach includes the following among others:
- Social security numbers
- Drivers license numbers
While addresses, names, and party affiliations tend to be public information, due to the location where the data originated, there are some high profile people whose information was included and was probably designated to be kept private for those reasons.
This is the second high profile cyberattack in Washington, D.C. The first was the health records for the city which also included some senior national security officials.