The personal information of almost 200-million registered U.S. voters accidentally made its way online, according to UpGuard security firm. The leaked data was gathered by the Republican data firm, Deep Root Analytics, and two other Republican contractors.
Among the pieces of information made available online for over 48-hours were the names, birth dates, addresses, voter registration details and social media posts of voters. According to UpGuard, the data breach was the result of an improperly configured security setting.
The discovery was made by UpGuard cyber risk analyst Chris Vickery, and the information has since been secured. The Republican National Committee said in a statement that further work with Deep Root has been put on hold "pending the conclusion of their investigation into security procedures."