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Facebook’s xSocialMedia ad agency exposes 150K medical histories

Multiple databases belonging to the Facebook ad agency xSocialMedia have been found open exposing almost 150,000 records containing a wide variety of medical information derived from marketing campaigns run for medical malpractice lawsuits. The files were found by vpnMentor on June 2, and which have since been secured. The exposed information was gathered through Facebook…
Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

French plastic surgery image repository left vulnerable but since corrected: report

The before and after photos of thousands of plastic surgery patients in Europe were recently left vulnerable but since rectified, researchers at vpnMentor wrote in a blog post. The researchers, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, discovered on Jan. 24 that NextMotion did not secure or encrypt the body images and PII of people…
Cloud Security, Data Breach, Data leakage prevention (DLP), Database security, Health Care, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Retail, Security News

Privacy takes a hit, as storage bucket leaks cannabis dispensary POS data

A misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket was discovered leaking data that had been collected by a point-of-sale system used by multiple cannabis dispensaries, researchers from vpnMentor reported on Wednesday. The exposed bucket, which was found on Christmas eve and closed by Jan. 14, was found to contain more than 85,000 files. These included…
Big Data is altering the way organizations must manage their overall IT assets and resources.
Data Breach, Security News

14 million Key Ring users exposed in open database

A misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket has exposed the data of about 14 million users of the popular Key Ring app that includes some payment and medical card information. The database was discovered by vpnMentor’s Noam Rotem and Ran Locar who found 44 million records were open to public viewing. Key Ring is generally…
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…
Big Data experts are in demand
Data Breach, Security News

Canada’s Freedom Mobile Elasticsearch database exposed

Researchers are claiming to have found an open Elasticsearch database containing 5 million records related 10 1.5 million Freedom Mobile customers — figures disputed by the telecommunications company. Noam Rotem and Ran Locar from vpnMentor said they came across the database on April 17 and attempted to contact Freedom Mobile on April 18 and 23…
Defending the database
Database security, Privacy & Compliance News and Analysis, Security News

Open TrueDialog database exposes texts, PII on millions in U.S.

An open database at text messaging solution company TrueDialog left user SMS messages exposed for months, putting nearly a billion records and “millions of Americans at risk,” according to the researchers who discovered the database, hosted by Microsoft Azure and running on the Oracle Marketing Cloud in the U.S. In addition to private text messages,…
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…
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Biometrics, Data Breach, Security News

BioStar 2 database leaked one million fingerprints, facial recognition data

A breach in a database of biometric security smart lock platform Suprema BioStar 2 exposed more than one million fingerprint records as well as facial recognition information and other sensitive data. The web-based system is used by the likes of the U.K. Metropolitan Police to control access to physical facilities and manage users permissions. Researchers…
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…
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