200M voters exposed by GOP e-firm
Information on nearly 200 million voters in a Republican National Committee database was exposed after a private contractor left documents on a publicly accessible server.
“We take full responsibility for this situation,” the contractor, Deep Root Analytics, told tech-news site Gizmodo in a statement on Monday.
The information gathered on 198 million voters included home addresses, birth dates and phone numbers, as well as an “RNC ID” that could be used to view a profile of a particular voter’s likely position on key issues.
The data were kept on an Amazon cloud account that could be accessed without a password.
Deep Root’s information was collected from a number of sources, including Web sites, political-action committees and the RNC, and shared with Deep Root.
A cyber-risk analyst for Up-Guard discovered the online data last week. The documents have since been secured.
Deep Root, which crunches vot- er-trend data for political ads, was paid $983,000 by the RNC between January 2015 and November 2016, according to Ad Age.
“[Deep Root] builds voter models to help enhance advertiser understanding of TV viewership. The data accessed was not built for used by any specific client. It is our proprietary anal- ysis to help inform local television ad buying,” the contrac- tor said.