Wednesday, June 21, 2017
200 Million Americans Had Personal Details Exposed by RNC Marketing Firm
(Red State) It’s 2017 and long past the days when being naive about cyber security is a valid excuse for organizations we entrust with our personal details to leave them unsecured.
That’s exactly what happened with more than 200 million American citizens’ personal details — including address, phone number, birthdate, and political party affiliation — the marketing firm Deep Root Analytics left exposed on a server with unsecured settings since being contracted by the Republican National Committee. The information was publicly accessible on an Amazon cloud server until recently.
The 1.1 terabytes of unsecured personal information of 62 percent of Americans was found last week by cyber-risk security firm UpGuard. Deep Root Analytics’ founder Alex Lundry told Gizmodo, “We take full responsibility for this situation. Based on the information we have gathered thus far, we do not believe that our systems have been hacked.”
Beyond personal details, the information stored also included each citizen’s stances on hot-button issues, such as abortion and gun control. Religious and ethnic identification were also included.
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