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US voting data from millions of people is being traded on the dark web

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By Chris Stokel-Walker A voting machine used during the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2016Sean Rayford/Getty ImagesData on millions of US voters is being illegally traded on the dark web as the US is gearing up for the 2020 presidential election. The data could be used to attempt to influence voters. The dark web is…

By Chris Stokel-Walker

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A voting machine used during the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2016

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Data on millions of US voters is being illegally traded on the dark web as the US is gearing up for the 2020 presidential election. The data could be used to attempt to influence voters.

The dark web is a part of the internet not searchable using normal means. It is encrypted and visible only through specialist web browsers that anonymise data transfers, and it is a thriving marketplace for illicit material.

Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has analysed 600 dark web forums dealing in underground …

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