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Commission offers suggestions for stemming online spy threat from China
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Chinese HR firms and recruiting agencies found to leak more than half a billion resumes

Chinese companies were discovered leaking more than half a billion resumes on the web via poorly secured ElasticSearch and MongoDB databases. The leaks occurred solely at Chinese firms over the last few months from Chinese human resource-focused companies in batches ranging from a handful of CVs to professional executive head-hunting firms all leaking customer details…
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Double exposure: 24 million loan records also exposed on open Amazon S3 bucket

The original mortgage and credit documents involved in the 24 million Elasticsearch data breach that was revealed earlier this week also have been found residing in an open Amazon S3 bucket by the cyber researcher behind the original discovery. Bob Diachenko told TechCrunch, which worked with him on the original investigation, that more digging was…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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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Sky Brasil exposes data of 32M customers on ElasticSearch

As ElasticSearch based leaks become the latest source of massive data exposures, Sky Brasil, one of the biggest subscription television services in Brazil, is the latest to leave its customers exposed after not securing the server with a password. Independent researcher Fabio Castro found the firm exposed the data of 32 million subscribers in 28.7GB…
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U.K. home supply giant leaves offender database open

U.K. home supply chain B&Q exposed the information of 70,000 people allegedly involved in some type of criminal activity in one of the chain’s stores. The Elasticsearch database was uncovered by Cntrlbox Information Security’s open data monitoring system which spotted thousands of lines of information related to the chain. The information included the first and…
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Kanopy.com ElasticSearch database left unsecured

The movie streaming service Kanopy has been leaking access and API logs through an unsecured ElasticSearch database, according to a cybersecurity researcher. Justin Paine, director of trust and safety at Cloudflare according to LinkedIn, and blogging under the name xxdesmus noted that since March 7 the site has been leaking up to 40 million log…
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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…
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