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Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’

More than five billion records were exposed after an Elasticsearch “data breach database” managed by a U.K.-based security firm and housing a trove of security incidents from the last seven years was left unprotected. “Data was very well structured,” wrote security researcher Bob Diachenko, who discovered the Elasticsearch instance, of the information, which included hashtypes,…
Defending the database
Data Breach, Security News

22 million emails found in mystery open database

An otherwise unremarkable find of an open Elasticsearch database containing millions of records became a Sherlock Holmes mystery as researchers cannot figure out the database’s origins. Security researcher Troy Hunt, of Have I Been Pwned, was informed in February about an open database he has named db8151dd containing 90GB of data containing 22.8 million emails.…
Defending the database
Database security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Exposure of 7.4B records at Le Figaro highlights ongoing problems with misconfigured databases

The exposure of 7.4 billion personal information-laden records, including some login credentials, at France’s Le Figaro underscores how unsecured databases persist even in a world hyperaware of privacy and data security. The database, exposed by an unsecured Elasticsearch server and containing more than 8TB of data on reporters, employees and 42,000 of the daily newspaper’s…
Defending the database
Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Aliznet exposed database leaks data on 2.5 million Yves Rocher customers

Personal information on customers of French retail consultancy Aliznet were exposed through an unprotected Elasticsearch server. “The most sensitive leaked data involves [2.5 million Canadian] customers of Aliznet’s client Yves Rocher, an international cosmetics and beauty brand,” according to a blog post by vpnMentor, whose research team led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar discovered…
Leaks reveal the spy tactics which leveraged Wi-Fi in a major airport to track travelers.
Government, Government/Defense, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Leaky Autoclerk database exposes info on travelers, including military and gov’t personnel

A leak at Autoclerk, a reservations management system recently acquired by the Western Hotel & Resorts Group, exposed personal and travel information on hotel guests, including members of the U.S. government, military and Department of Homeland Security. “Our team viewed highly sensitive data exposing the personal details of government and military personnel, and their travel arrangements…
Hackers for Charity
Application Security, Database security, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security

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,…
Database security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Honeypot study: Unsecured database simulation attacked 18x per day on average

Now there’s proof that every random minute counts when a database is left unsecured on the web. In fact, a recent Comparitech experiment led by researcher Bob Diachenko found that hackers attacked a simulation of an unsecured database an average of 18 times per day. In a June 10 blog post, Comparitech Privacy Advocate Paul…
Data Breach, Security News

Unsecured server exposes 4 billion records, 1.2 billion people

Two security researchers have uncovered four billion records on 1.2 billion people on an unsecured Elasticsearch server impacting what is estimated to be hundreds of millions of people. The data itself comes from the data aggregator and enrichment companies People Data Labs (PDL) and OxyData.Io and contains basic personal information, such as names, home and…
Data Breach, Security News

Blisk browser left open, 2.9 million records exposed

The web-development browser Blisk suffered a data breach leaking more than 2.9 million records through an open Elasticsearch database that was left open and that bypassed the security put in place by its users. The browser has been compromised in a way that it now leaks the data it was designed to gather from web…
Data Breach, Security News

Adobe leaves Creative Cloud database open, 7.5 million users exposed

An unsecured Elasticsearch database left exposed the account information of about 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users. Comparitech, in association with security researcher Bob Diachenko, found the Adobe database, which could be accessed without a password or any login credentials. The company was notified on October 19 and the database was locked down that day.…
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