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Maine Voter Data Breached

DATA LOSS—U.S.

August 29, 2011

Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers has announced that malware infected a computer belonging to a town office, potentially compromising the personal information of close to one million voters, reports Infosecurity. The computer was linked to Maine's Central Voter Registration (CVS) system, which contains voters' names, addresses, dates of birth and, in some cases, driver's license numbers. According to the report, Summers "strongly suspects" some data was accessed, and he is assessing what and how much. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's US-CERT team alerted Summers to the breach, at which time the computer and CVS account assigned to the town clerk were shut down.
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