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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…
Cloud Security, Data Breach, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

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…
Defending the database
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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.…
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,…
Data Breach, Security News

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…
Data Breach, Security News

London-based Urban Massage app leaks data on 300K customers, including sexual misconduct claims

A data breach of London-based startup Urban Massage exposed the personal records of more than 309,000 users including data on clients accused of sexual misconduct. The service offers “wellness that comes to you” allowing users to book massage therapist to come them. The breach was the result of the company leaving its Google-hosted ElasticSearch database…
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…
HondaWannacry
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,…
HondaWannacry
Data Breach, Security News

Honda Motors Company databases leaked 40GB of employee data

Independent researcher xxdesmus discovered a Honda Motor Company database leaking the data of 134 million rows, roughly 40GB,  of employee information.  The researcher discovered the database July 4, 2019 and then began trying to contact Honda, which was accomplished early on July 6, 2019. By that evening the database had been secured, according to a…
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