Experts Insight On Netanyahu’s Party Exposes Personal Data Of Over 6 Million Israelis On App

The personal information of over six million citizens was leaked after Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party uploaded the full register of Israeli voters to an app, Haaretz reported Sunday. The information includes full names, identity card numbers, addresses, genders, phone numbers, and other personal details. The registry was uploaded by Likud to the Elector app, which the party uses on election day. The vulnerability in the application reportedly allowed for anyone to easily download the entire voter registry on a computer. A similar leak happened in 2006 when an Interior Ministry employee stole the population registry and published it illegally. Likud has previously been at the center of security breaches, including multiple web leaks of the party’s voter database. Israeli political parties receive the information of voters before the elections and vow to protect their privacy. They are not permitted to copy, permanently erase, or transfer the registry once the election is over.

 


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Chris DeRamus , Co-founder & CTO,  DivvyCloud
February 11, 2020
A database with such a huge trove of data should never have been so easily accessible to anyone on the web.
Governments around the world collect highly sensitive information on citizens and are thus prime targets for cyberattacks. Government entities should not deploy applications and modern technologies without investing in stringent security strategies that protect critical data. In this incident, every single eligible voter in Israel has had their personal information compromised due to a vulnerabili ....
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James Carder, Chief Information Security Officer & Vice President,  LogRhythm Labs
February 11, 2020
First and foremost, anyone creating these technologies should employ secure software development and application security best practices.
It is worrisome that an app developed specifically for elections did not have advanced security measures in place — especially when millions of voter records were contained within it. Unfortunately, in this Elector incident, personally identifiable information including names, addresses and phone numbers for over six million voters was left exposed. This data can now be weaponized in future atta ....
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Israel Barak, Chief Information Security Officer ,  Cybereason
February 11, 2020
Nations and corporations need to change their mindset immediately and start taking the fight to the adversaries.
The "when" in the popular saying 'its not a matter of if, but when' a corporation or government is hacked, is as antiquated as most anti-virus products on the market today. Most nations, and corporations for that matter, are under a constant and present threat of hacking from nation states and rogue hacking groups looking to steal personal identifiable information. Nations and corporations need t ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
February 11, 2020
Without this change in mindset, we will continue to see breaches occur.
Any time vast amounts of personal information is being collected, processed, and stored, all aspects of security need to be taken into consideration. Application security remains a concern for a large number of organisations, and not a week goes by where vast amounts of data aren't exposed due to misconfigures cloud buckets which set permissions to public. It's important for organisations to rea ....
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