US voter records laid bare

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Election in USA - voting at the ballot boxA cybersecurity researcher has discovered that the personal records of many thousands of US voters have been exposed on the Internet, due to a security lapse by a political robocall company.

RoboCent, a Virginia-based purveyor of computerised autodialers for delivering pre-recorded political messages, left a database of voters’ sensitive personal details exposed to the public at large on an Amazon Web Services data storage bucket.

The data included names, ages, genders, addresses, phone numbers, demographics and political affiliations. Ironically, by exposing this information RoboCent was giving away free of charge the data it sells. It has now taken steps to rectify the glitch.