198 million American voter records found unprotected on the internet

You’d think if someone had amassed personal information on nearly every registered US voter, and stored that information on an Amazon S3 storage bucket, that it would at least be protected with a password. But thanks to a misconfigured server, personal data of 198 million Americans voters could be downloaded by anyone who happened across it. It is believed to be the largest leak of voter records to have ever occurred anywhere in the world.

That giant oops caused by Deep Root Analytics, a data analytics firm contracted to compile the information for the Republican National Committee, contained names, birthdates, home and mailing addresses, phone numbers, party affiliations, suspected ethnicities and religions, as well as analytics on who people would likely vote for and their stance on hot-button issues such as gun control and abortion.

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Source: NW Security 1