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Personal data of 191M voters leaked

Personal data of 191M voters leaked
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In just over a month, the first votes will be cast for the next president of the United States. When Iowa voters caucus on February 1, the long list of hopefuls will start winnowing down to a handful of would-be presidents.

No doubt, you've already been bombarded with political ads on TV. More irritating than those are all the pre-recorded phone calls you're getting from presidential hopefuls, and flyers in your mailbox. You might be wondering, "How did they get my address?"

As it turns out, your voter registration may have been leaked, along with the information of 191 million other American voters. If you've voted in an election since 2000, your personal information may be at risk.

Some of your personal information may be available to anyone who wants to use it, thanks to a badly managed voter database, according to cybersecurity researchers. They say voters' state voter IDs, mailing addresses and party affiliations may have been inadvertently exposed.

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