Personal Data of All 6.5 Million Israeli Voters Is Exposed
A software program flaw uncovered the non-public information of each eligible voter in Israel — together with full names, addresses and id card numbers for 6.5 million individuals — elevating considerations about id theft and electoral manipulation, three weeks earlier than the nation’s nationwide election. The New York Times experiences: The safety lapse was tied to a cellular app utilized by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud occasion to speak with voters, providing information and details about the March 2 election. Until it was mounted, the flaw made it attainable, with out superior technical expertise, to view and obtain the federal government’s complete voter registry, although it was unclear how many individuals did so. How the breach occurred stays unsure, however Israel’s Privacy Protection Authority, a unit of the Justice Ministry, mentioned it was wanting into the matter — although it stopped brief of asserting a full-fledged investigation. The app’s maker, in an announcement, performed down the potential penalties, describing the leak as a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with” and saying it had since bolstered the location’s safety. “Ran Bar-Zik, the programmer who revealed the breach, explained that visitors to the Elector app’s website could right-click to ‘view source,’ an action that reveals the code behind a web page,” the report provides.
“That page of code included the user names and passwords of site administrators with access to the voter registry, and using those credentials would allow anyone to view and download the information. Mr. Bar-Zik, a software developer for Verizon Media who wrote the Sunday article in Haaretz, said he chose the name and password of the Likud party administrator and logged in.”
The flaw was first reported on Sunday by the newspaper Haaretz.