Attacks/Breaches

2/8/2017
09:32 AM
50%
50%

Dutch Voter Guide Website Leak Highlights Privacy Concerns

StemWijzer fixes vulnerabilities after researcher discovers website is secretly maintaining voter-preference record.

A data leak from StemWijzer, a Dutch voter guide website, has raised questions about its intentions and whether it is quietly conducting popularity polls and infringing upon voters' privacy, Reuters reports. Security researcher Loran Kloeze discovered that a record of voters' preference was being maintained by the site, which could potentially influence trends ahead of the March 15 elections in the Netherlands.

Anita de Jong of website designer ProDemos said vulnerabilities pointed out by Kloeze had been resolved and clarified the intention was not to offer voting advice but only to educate voters.

StemWijzer requires a site visitor to answer 30 questions and then tells him which political party matches his views the best. The leaked data currently places Labour Party in the second place after Party for Freedom even though opinion polls do not reflect this.

Countries going to the polls this year are working overtime to address cybersecurity concerns, following multiple hacking incidents during the US presidential election last year.

For the full story, read Reuters.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Election Websites, Back-End Systems Most at Risk of Cyberattack in Midterms
Kelly Jackson Higgins, Executive Editor at Dark Reading,  8/14/2018
Intel Reveals New Spectre-Like Vulnerability
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  8/15/2018
Australian Teen Hacked Apple Network
Dark Reading Staff 8/17/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-14981
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-17
Certain LG devices based on Android 6.0 through 8.1 have incorrect access control for SystemUI application intents. The LG ID is LVE-SMP-180005.
CVE-2018-14982
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-17
Certain LG devices based on Android 6.0 through 8.1 have incorrect access control in the GNSS application. The LG ID is LVE-SMP-180004.
CVE-2018-15482
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-17
Certain LG devices based on Android 6.0 through 8.1 have incorrect access control for MLT application intents. The LG ID is LVE-SMP-180006.
CVE-2018-15473
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-17
OpenSSH through 7.7 is prone to a user enumeration vulnerability due to not delaying bailout for an invalid authenticating user until after the packet containing the request has been fully parsed, related to auth2-gss.c, auth2-hostbased.c, and auth2-pubkey.c.
CVE-2018-15471
PUBLISHED: 2018-08-17
An issue was discovered in xenvif_set_hash_mapping in drivers/net/xen-netback/hash.c in the Linux kernel through 4.18.1, as used in Xen through 4.11.x and other products. The Linux netback driver allows frontends to control mapping of requests to request queues. When processing a request to set or c...