The following is an excerpt from Mark Wilson | June 19, 2017 | Betanews.com |
Personal data and profiling information about millions of American voters has been exposed in what is believed to be the largest ever leak of its kind.
198 million records were found stored on an unsecured Amazon S3 server owned by Deep Root Analytics, a Republican data analytics firm. It is thought that the data, which dates back more than a decade, includes information about every registered American voter.
The open server was discovered by UpGuard Cyber Risk Analyst Chris Vickery, but disclosure of the availability of the data was delayed until the server had been made secure. The amount of information exposed by the incident is tremendous and it gives a fascinating insight into the targeting of voters in the run-up to the election. UpGuard's Dan O'Sullivan explains:
In what is the largest known data exposure of its kind, UpGuard's Cyber Risk Team can now confirm that a misconfigured database containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet by a firm working on behalf of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in their efforts to elect Donald Trump. The data, which was stored in a publicly accessible cloud server owned by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics, included 1.1 terabytes of entirely unsecured personal information compiled by DRA and at least two other Republican contractors, TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. and Data Trust. In total, the personal information of potentially near all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as data described as "modelled" voter ethnicities and religions.
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