Information of nearly 200 million registered voters compiled for the Republican National Committee (RNC) was exposed on a database and accessible without a password, according to a story in The Hill.
UpGuard, the security firm which detected the security vulnerability, attributed the leak to a misconfigured database managed by Deep Root Analytics (DRA), a data analytics firm contracted by the Republican party during the presidential campaign.
The data, which included the personal information of nearly all 200 million registered voters – of both political parties – was compiled for DRA with the help of at least two other Republican contractors, TargetPoint Consulting and Data Trust. The data included names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as "profiling" details to be considered in targeting political ads – such as voter ethnicity and religion.
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