Security Breach Saturday


The GOP’s 2016 presidential upset wasn’t surprising just because it put Donald Trump in the White House; it also proved the party had vastly improved its ability to exploit data, including precision ad targeting campaigns on Facebook. Now comes the fallout of all that information hoarding: A California-based security researcher says Republican-linked election databases were inadvertently exposed to the entire internet, sans password, potentially violating the privacy of almost every single registered voter in the United States.

The data trove was apparently made public by accident by one of the data-mining companies that compiled it. It includes a mix of private information and data gleaned from public voter rolls: “the voter’s date of birth, home and mailing addresses, phone number, registered party, self-reported racial demographic, voter registration status” as well as computer “modeled” speculation about each person’s race and religion, according to an analysis provided to The Intercept.

The leak was discovered by Chris Vickery, an analyst at the U.S. cybersecurity firm UpGuard, who last year discovered an enormous breach of Mexican voter data and in 2015 a 300GB leak of records of 191 million voters. This new incident is more extensive, according the analysis, written by UpGuard:

UpGuard’s Cyber Risk Team can now confirm that unsecured databases containing the sensitive personal details of over 198 million American voters was left exposed to the internet. The data, which was stored in a publicly accessible cloud server owned by Republican data firm Deep Root Analytics, included 1.1 terabytes of entirely unsecured personal information compiled by DRA and at least two other contractors, TargetPoint Consulting, Inc. and Data Trust. In total, the personal information of nearly all of America’s 200 million registered voters was exposed, including their names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details, as well as voter ethnicities and religions as “modeled” by the firms’ data scientists.

@ TI

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17 Responses to Security Breach Saturday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    They know who I am!


  2. David B. Benson says:

    A Small Bird is building a nest up under the eve in the most protected spot. Hope my presence doesn’t cause her to go elsewhere.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    On the way to the Old European a pseudo-Monarch butterfly, a blue dragonfly and then another after the call of the wild quail. Later on a flock on the path that didn’t stick around, reluctantly. Took 34 minutes in the growing heat.


    • David B. Benson says:

      A running total of 64 minutes to Shopko for a prescription refill, finally got it. Only up to 80 °F but sunny so it seems hotter as there is only the slightest breeze and almost no shade at this time of day.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Running total is 99 minutes back to the Old Post Office for ice cream and coffee. It were warm out there.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Finally home after a daily total of 134 minutes of stick walking in the warm sunlight. More pseudo-Monarch butterflies.

      Day 7: 261+134=395 minutes.


  4. Den says:

    Like leaving a bag of money on the road, someone is bound to pick it up, or perhaps that was the intention. Data trail?


  5. Den says:

    Big Ears, my local deer brought the kids by for a stroll and chomp some weeds, they must be all of a week old, tiny with lots of spots, couldn’t get the camera without scaring them off, drat!


    • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

      Awww…..Pete & Sara had a deer family hanging around their place last year, mom and twins. The twins came around again this spring, I think.


  6. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Micki says:
    June 23, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    I know what you mean…remember YEARS ago when Dr. B disappeared from DWF for quite a spell, and Bill (unbeknownst to me) made a non-emergency call to the Pullman police and they made a safety check on him. He was feeling poorly…but on the mend.

    Yes! I think about that often but I thought it was Den who called the police. Yeah, it was Bill who did that. Every time Doc disappears I think about that time.

    Remember when Den disappeared here, we went for days and days w/o a new post. That was scary, too.


  7. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    I see Doc popped in at last yesterday, and he was crabby.

    He’s better and back to normal today, practically the only posts here are his, lol.

    Glad you’re back up to par, Doc.


  8. Den says:

    Been out dodging cars, home now, late, sleep time,


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