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Report: Boomoji app developer leaves customer data exposed on open database

The developers of make-your-own-avatar app Boomoji reportedly neglected to password-protect two of their internet-connected databases, thus publicly exposing the personal data of roughly 5.3 million users. The wide-open databases, from Elasticsearch, stored users’ names, genders, countries and phone types all in plain text, TechCrunch reported yesterday. Moreover, the databases also contained unique user IDs, each…
Data Breach, Health Care, Security News

UChicago Medicine secures database after publicly exposing info on donors and patients

The University of Chicago Medicine scrambled to secure a database containing information on patients as well as existing and potential financial donors, after a researcher discovered that a misconfiguration left nearly 1.68 million records exposed to the public. Bob Diachenko, cyber threat intelligence director at Security Discovery, said in a June 3 company report that…
Data Breach, Network Security, Security News

Report: Chinese e-retailer Gearbest leaves database exposed, endangering 1.5 million records

The parent company of Chinese e-retailing giant Gearbest has been operating a completely unsecured corporate database, leaving roughly 1.5 million customer records unencrypted and exposed to the public, a new report warns. Led by white-hat hacker Noam Rotem, researchers from VPNMentor revealed the security issue after discovering they were able to access Gearbest’s customer, order,…
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Exposed dating service databases leak sensitive info on romance-seekers

A series of database misconfigurations publicly exposed the personal information and private messages of more than 100 million dating website and mobile app account holders. Independent VPN review site WizCase has reported finding six separate dating sites or apps that each potentially compromised thousands of users due to improper data storage. According to WizCase researchers,…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Security News

Details on 267M Facebook users sold for cheap on dark web

A cybercriminal actor on the dark web has made available a dataset of Facebook accounts belonging to 267 million users, recently selling the collective lot to researchers for 500 Euros. User data includes one’s email address, first and last names, phone number, Facebook ID, last connection, status and age, according to a blog post report…
Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Leaky Gekko Group database exposes info on hotel brands, travelers

European hotel booking platform provider Gekko Group mistakenly stored over 1 terabyte of information on a publicly configured server, exposing troves of data related to its hotel B2B clients, as well as travel agents and their customers. The majority of the exposed data was collected by Gekko brands Teldar Travel, which provides a booking system…
Data Breach, Network Security

Researchers: Pyramid Hotel Group stored security info on openly accessible server

For over a month, U.S.-based hospitality company and franchisee Pyramid Hotel Group (PHG) had been running its intrusion detection system on a unsecured, openly configured server, thereby exposing sensitive information pertaining to its security policies, systems, networks, and application logs, according to researchers. At the time of its discovery by vpnMentor researchers Noam Rotem and…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Iron Group suspected in creation of Xbash all-in-one malware

A threat actor has been targeting Windows and Linux servers with a self-propagating malware mash-up that’s comprised of botnet, ransomware, disk wiper, cryptomining and worm elements all in one. Researchers from Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 division have tied the malware, dubbed Xbash, to the APT actor known as Iron Group. The same group has previously…
Data leakage prevention (DLP), Database security, Network Security, Security News

Microsoft database misconfiguration exposes 250M customer support records

Microsoft last December misconfigured five Elasticsearch servers – each one containing the same data set of 250 million customer support records – leaving their information publicly exposed on the internet, according to researchers. The data leak was detailed today in a blog post by pro-consumer website Comparitech and separately disclosed in a Microsoft Security Response…
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