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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2017 (So Far)

Data breach activity continued to accelerate in the first half of 2017, with the number of breaches jumping 29 percent, to 791. Here are the 10 biggest breaches of this year so far.

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1. Republican National Committee Contractor

In June, security researchers at UpGuard discovered voting data on nearly 200 million people had been exposed. The data was exposed by a misconfigured database owned by the Republican National Committee-contracted marketing firm Deep Root Analytics and stored on a publicly accessible cloud server, hosted on Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service (S3). The data exposed, more than 1.1 terabytes, included personal information on more than 198 million American voters, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details. UpGuard said the data repository "lacked any protection against access" and could be downloaded by anyone with Internet access. While it's not clear if anyone accessed the data inappropriately, partners at the time said the incident shows the importance of having thorough cloud security measures.

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