Voter data on 198 million (yes that’s million) US Citizens was improperly stored and freely available for 12 days on the internet. There has never been a data breach this big. The information includes birth dates, home addresses, telephone numbers, political views, suspected religious affiliations, and ethnicity, along with stances on gun control, the right to abortion and stem cell research.
This type of data can easily be used for nefarious purposes, from identity fraud to harassment or intimidation from people who hold an opposing political view. Worst of all, if cyber-criminals have this data, they can send highly personalized phishing attacks to you, looking like something totally legitimate.
So be sure to treat any email you get at home or the office with a healthy dose of suspicion and ask yourself if it could be a scam. Do not click on links in emails and do not open attachments you did not ask for. Remember, Think Before You Click!
You can read more about the data breach here.