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Massive trove of exposed US voter information foundMore than a decade worth of data on just about every American voter was unprotected.
Almost 200 million American voter records were discovered on an unsecured server. That's the story on CNet's sister site ZDNet.com. In what appears to be the biggest exposure of voter records ever, what looks like over 10 years of data on just about every registered US voter was accessed without permission. The data is owned by Deep Root a Republican analytics firm was left unsecured on an Amazon S3 storage server for at least the past three weeks. ZDNet reports that IT security Upguard discovered the exposed server. In a blog post Upguard described the data as over a terabyte's worth of voter information including names, birthdates, States registration details and other personal information. Data like this is collected and mass by major political parties to pinpoint voters candidate choices and also predict what kinds of policies or actions they might support. Three major Republican data firms all maintained voter information in this specific instance. Deep root released a statement about the server snafu saying quote. Since this event has come to our attention, we have updated the access settings and put protocols in place to prevent further access. We take full responsibility for this situation, unquote. We don't yet know if anyone aside From upguard access this data, but anyone could have viewed it. For more information, read Zack Whitaker's in-depth article on affiliate site ZDNet.com. For CNET.com, I'm Ashley Eskeva.