Cybersecurity

Report: Over 14M Texas voter records exposed online

A file containing personal information on millions of Texas voters was found on an unsecured online server, Techcrunch reported Thursday.

An estimated 14.8 million records were found on the server, representing files on the majority of Texas’s 15.2 million registered voters.

It is unknown who owns the server, but analysis suggests the data was likely aggregated by the GOP data analytics firm Data Trust, according to Techcrunch.

{mosads}Included among the pieces of information are voters’ name, age, gender, race, phone number and voting history.

The data also included gauges on voters’ views regarding immigration, abortion and the Second Amendment. The file also held data assessing if voters trusted Hillary Clinton.

While some voter data is available for a fee in Texas, according to The Texas Tribune, such specific measurements on policy and candidates are not. 

The report comes amid heightened attention to cybersecurity issues following Russian interference in the 2016 election and fears such meddling could occur again in this year’s midterm elections.

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