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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches Of 2017

Data breach activity continued to soar in 2017, with the number of breaches jumping more than 10 percent to 1,202. Here are the 10 biggest breaches of this year.

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4. Republican National Committee Contractor

A massive leak on an Amazon Web Services server in June exposed voting data on nearly 200 million people.

The data repository owned by Republican National Convention-contracted marketing firm Deep Root Analytics was exposed by a misconfigured database stored on a publicly accessible cloud server, hosted on Amazon Web Services' Simple Storage Service (S3). The exposure was first reported by UpGuard's Cyber Risk Team.

The data exposed included personal information on more than 198 million American voters, including names, dates of birth, home addresses, phone numbers, and voter registration details.

The UpGuard report said anyone with an internet connection could navigate to the bucket and download the contents of the data warehouse. In addition to the 1.1 terabytes of exposed data, there were an additional 24 terabytes of data stored that had not been configured correctly, according to UpGuard.

 
 
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