ZDNet is reporting that almost 200 million US voter records were exposed and have been found on an open storage server. Cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery found and confirmed the data, and said server was secured a few days ago prior to it being reported on.
Here’s more from ZDNet:
“A huge trove of voter data, including personal information and voter profiling data on what’s thought to be every registered US voter dating back more than a decade, has been found on an exposed and unsecured server, ZDNet has learned.
The various databases containing 198 million records on American voters from all political parties were found stored on an open Amazon S3 storage server owned by a Republican data analytics firm, Deep Root Analytics.
This leak shines a spotlight on the Republicans’ multi-million dollar effort to better target potential voters by utilizing big data. The move largely a response to the successes of the Barack Obama campaign in 2008, thought to have been the first data-driven campaign.
According to UpGuard, the folder includes dozens of spreadsheets containing a unique GOP identifier for each voter for the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, which link to “dozens of sensitive and personally identifying data points, making it possible to piece together a striking amount of detail on individual Americans specified by name.” A folder containing 2016 data only included files for Ohio and Florida, two crucial battleground states.”
Read the full article on ZDNet: 198 MILLION AMERICANS HIT BY “LARGEST EVER” VOTER RECORDS LEAK