Data Used by Trump Campaign on 198 Million Americans Found Online
A California-based cybersecurity firm found a database of nearly 200 million American voters – along with their preferences and modeling data – left unsecured on an Amazon cloud server by data contractors working on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential bid.
An analyst working with the cybersecurity company UpGuard was able to access the files on June 12, the company announced Monday. Chris Vickery was able to download 1.1 terabytes of information from the database.
Another 24 terabytes of files were correctly configured to prevent public access. It is unclear whether anyone else had accessed the files before they were secured on June 14.
Vickery identified the database as compiled by Deep Root Analytics, Data Trust, and TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. – all contractors working for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2016 presidential election. The database had last been updated in January 2017.
The data accessed by Vickery included names, birth dates, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details for 198 million Americans, as well as “modeled” voter ethnicities and religions, according to UpGuard’s blog post about the discovery.
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