Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GOP Firm Exposed U.S. Voters' Personal Data; The Atlantic, June 20, 2017

Aria Bendix, The Atlantic; GOP Firm Exposed U.S. Voters' Personal Data

"For two weeks in June, the personal information of nearly every U.S. voter was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server after a marketing firm hired by the Republican National Committee (RNC) failed to password protect its data.

The BBC reports that the leak represents the largest breach of electoral data in the U.S. to date, leaving the information of nearly 200 million registered voters exposed. While the leaked files did not include voters’ Social Security or credit card information, they did include personal details, such as their birthdates, home addresses, and telephone numbers. In some cases, voters’ ethnicities, religions, and political views were also made available."

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