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Trump campaign data firms leak info on 200m USA voters

Messalina Adamo | 20 Giugno, 2017, 00:31

The data also provided insider information on where the voters stand on many political issues, like gun control and abortion access.

Deep Root Analytics, a data firm that contracts for the US Republican National Committee (RNC), exposed the information of almost 200 million US voters in unsecured databases, the company confirmed in a statement on Monday.

According to UpGuard, the cybersecurity firm Vickery works for, each record contained names, home addresses, dates of births, registration information, ethnicity, party affiliation and more.

"That such an enormous national database could be created and hosted online, missing even the simplest of protections against the data being publicly accessible, is troubling", UpGuard's Dan O'Sullivan wrote.

Republican analytics firm Deep Root Analytics on Friday confirmed to Gizmodo that it owned the voter data, which was stored on an unprotected Amazon server and accessible to anybody with the database's web address.

Each of fields under each of the forty-eight columns signifies the potential voter's modeled likelihood of supporting the policy, political candidate, or belief listed at the top of the column, with zero indicating very unlikely, and one indicating very likely. Deep Root was founded in 2011, shortly before the 2012 Presidential election, and indeed, many of these profiles were build on informations from the elections in 2008 and 2012.

Through a handful of companies, including data firms, market researchers, and analytics providers, the GOP replicated that Obama campaign strategy by helping its political candidates make data-based decisions about their campaigns.

There is a general statement that has been released, which is below.


As indicated in the below, we have engaged Stroz Freidberg to conduct a thorough review, and that process is underway. The database had last been updated in January 2017. It is believed 62 percent of the U.S. population was affected.

In all, the leaked files amount to more than 1,000 gigabytes of data - more than four times the size of any previous breach of this type, according to Vickery.

So far, Deep Root doesn't believe the information was accessed by any malicious third parties.

Data firm Deep Root disputed the claim that the exposed database was compiled in connection with the RNC or Trump campaign.

The lapse in security was striking for putting at risk the identities, voting histories and views of voters across the political spectrum, with data drawn from a wide range of sources including social media, public government records and proprietary polling by political groups. "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". Deep Root secured the server two days later.

The exposure was unearthed by security firm UpGuard. Through this process, which is now underway, we have learned that access was gained through a recent change in asset access settings since June 1, 2017.

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