“Voter data belonging to almost 200 million Americans has been found online. A conservative US data analytics firm contracted by the Republican National Committee, Deep Root Analytics, left the records available on an unsecured Amazon web server. The 1.1 terabytes of data included names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, voter registration details and ‘modelled’ ethnicities and religions, according to security firm UpGuard, which stumbled across the information.”
“Although the data wasn’t hacked, being left on an unsecured server meant that anyone who happened to come across it would be able to download and take the information. There’s no evidence to suggest this happened though. ‘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 said in a blog post.”
*Not an attack, but a security failure of epic proportion.
Source: WIRED http://www.wired.co.uk/article/hacks-data-breaches-2017