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Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Robocent, a Virginia Beach political robocalling contractor, failed to secure more than 2,000 files in its Amazon cloud storage account including political profiles on "hundreds of thousands" of voters.

Why it matters: States typically make registered voter data public - the voter data could be best described as sensitive but not private. However, states can put restrictions on what entities can receive access to those files.

Researchers at Kromtech first made the discovery, alerted Robocent (who has since secured the files) and detailed their work in a LinkedIn post.

Details: The leaky files include audio recordings of calls as well and databases listing voters contact information, preferred political party as recorded by the state and demographic information.

Yes, but: Finding cloud storage leaks is not something malicious actors can do easily. These are cloud storage units, known as buckets, that are misconfigured to be accessible by the public. However, most public buckets are intended to be public, and finding exploitable information just by searching for public buckets is grueling work, even though the process is being made easier by security companies.

In short, just because the data was public doesn't mean anyone unauthorized saw it beyond the researchers.

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Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

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Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

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Why it matters: Saturday's firing speaks to how much pressure CNN was under by employees and critics to address Cuomo's behavior.

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