September 16, 2020
A bug was recently discovered in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s official campaign app that allowed anyone to access sensitive voter information on millions of Americans.
The privacy breach reportedly affects 191 million Americans.
TechCrunch reports that a recent study by the App Analyst, a mobile computing expert that reviews and investigates apps, found a major issue in Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s official campaign app. The campaign app, Vote Joe, allows Biden supporters to encourage friends and family members to vote in the upcoming U.S. presidential election in November by uploading their phone’s contact lists to see if their friends and family members have registered to vote.
The app matches the users’ contacts with voter data supplied from the political marketing firm TargetSmart which claims to have files on more than 191 million Americans. When the app finds a match, it displays the voter’s name, age, birthday, and which recent election they voted in. The app claims that this helps users “find people you know and encourage them to get involved.”
The App Analyst found that they could trick the app into collecting anyone’s information by creating a contact on his phone with the voter’s name. The analyst told TechCrunch that the app also pulls in a lot more data than it displays. By intercepting the data that is sent between the device and the app’s servers, the analyst saw more detailed and private information of voters including their home address, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, and political party affiliation.
This article was posted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 4:40 am