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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
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…
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…
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Database security, Security News

Open database exposes 26,000 Honda Motors customers

A Honda Motor Company Elasticsearch cluster containing 976 million records affecting about 26,000 customers and containing information on Honda vehicle owners was found exposed. Independent security researcher Bob Diachenko posted that the database appeared to be part of the company’s North American operation did not require any passwords or other authentication to access the data,…
Data Breach, Database security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis

OneClass unsecured S3 bucket exposes PII on more than one million students, instructors

An unsecured database belonging remote learning platform OneClass has exposed information associated with more than a million students in North America who use the platform to access study guides and educational assistance. “By not securing its users’ data, OneClass has created a goldmine for criminal hackers, jeopardizing the privacy and security of over a million…
Data Breach, Database security, Security News

Voipo database exposed millions of call logs and personal data

Communications provider Voipo left a customer database exposed revealing tens of gigabytes worth of customer data including personally identifiable information. Independent researcher Justin Paine discovered the improperly secured ElasticSearch database belonging to the voice-over-internet provider firm which containing nearly seven million call logs, six million SMS/MMS message logs, and plaintext internal system credentials including unencrypted…
Database security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Exposed Orvibo database leaks two billion records

More than two billion user logs containing information on Chinese home solutions company Orvibo’s customers were leaked after a database was left exposed. The company sells a portfolio of 100 smart solutions to manage energy and security systems, such as lighting systems, home entertainment devices and HVAC, in homes, offices and hotel rooms via a…
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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