UpGuard, a voter data firm hired by the Republican National Committee on behalf of Donald Trump exposed 1.1 terabytes of personal voter data online for 12 days on an easily and publicly accessible Amazon cloud server.
The information exposed represents 62% of the US population and includes:
â€¢ Birth dates
â€¢ Home addresses
â€¢ Telephone numbers
â€¢ Religious affiliations
â€¢ Ethnic background
â€¢ Political bias
â€¢ Sentiments on topics such as gun control and abortion rights
The data was meant to be used by Republican political organizations who were creating profiles on voters. Dan Oâ€™Sullivan from UpGuard wrote in a blog post that the idea â€œsuch an enormous national database could be created and hosted online, missing even the simplest of protections against the data being publicly accessible, is troubling.â€�
Oâ€™Sullivan continued: â€œThe ability to collect such information and store it insecurely further calls into question the responsibilities owed by private corporations and political campaigns to those citizens targeted by increasingly high-powered data analytics operations.â€�
Data Trust, a warehouse of voter information created to assist the GOP with voter records in order to target and shape their campaigns, provided the 1.1 terabytes that were left online for nearly 2 weeks.
Conservative marketing and research corporation TargetPoint also added untold millions of entries regarding post-election data to the Data Trust warehouse that was compromised.
Deep Roots Analytics owns the server where this massive data breach was uploaded. Founder Alex Lundry told the press: â€œWe 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. Since this event has come to our attention, we have updated the access settings and put protocols in place to prevent further access.â€�