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US data leak: 198 million Americans' personal information accidentally released

14:07 EDT 19 Jun 2017 | Yahoo News

US data leak: 198 million Americans' personal information accidentally releasedA marketing company working for the Republican National Committee accidentally left sensitive personal details of almost 62 per cent of the US population exposed – reportedly the largest breach of electoral data in the US to date. Along with information on about 200 million US citizens’ home addresses, birthdates, phone numbers and political views, the information also included analyses used by political groups to predict where individual voters fall on controversial issues such as gun ownership, stem cell research and the right to an abortion. Stored in spreadsheets uploaded to the server owned by Deep Root Analytics, the huge cache of data was discovered last week by Chris Vickery, a cyber-analyst with the security company UpGuard.


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