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Leaky Chinese database exposes 42.5 million records from data apps

An unsecured Elastic database seemingly owned by an entity in China has exposed 42.5 million records of dating app users, most of them American. “The strange thing about this discovery was that there were multiple dating applications all storing data inside this database,” security researcher Jeremiah Fowler, who discovered the database, wrote in a blog…

WordPress Slick Popup plugin could leave backdoor open to hackers

A vulnerability in the plugin Slick Popup lets hackers get into a WordPress website through a backdoor administrator account. The flaw, found in all versions of Slick Popup up to 1.71 and discovered by researchers at Defiant, is in a feature designed to give the plugin’s developer, Om Ak Solutions, access to websites running Slick…

Mueller confirms Russian interference, declines to clear president of obstruction, steps down as special counsel

Special Counsel Robert Mueller reiterated Wednesday the findings of his nearly two-year probe, confirming that Russia, in “multiple, systematic efforts,” interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election in an effort to damage former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House by hacking systems associated with the Democratic Party, coordinating the steady release…

A hacker claims to have leaked vendor account information including encrypted passwords.

Events planning company database exposes more than 200,000 records

Australia-based events planning company Amazingco leaked more than 200,000 records after an Elastic database was left unprotected and accessible by anybody with a browser. The database, since shutdown, housed 174,000 records in a folder called “Customers,” that a folder contained “names, email, phone numbers, addresses, and notes about the events,” Jeremiah Fowler, the researcher who…

First American Financial website leaked 885 million documents

About 885 million documents, including bank account numbers, mortgage records, Social Security numbers, drivers’ license images and tax records, have been leaked by First American Financial Corp.’s website.’ Anyone with a web browser and a URL for a legitimate document could access the real estate title company’s records, according to a report by KrebsOnSecurity, which…

EternalBlue believed to be behind crippling Baltimore attack

Baltimore has battled the effects of a ransomware attack that started May 7 and now it seems that a familiar culprit, the National Security Agency (NSA) EternalBlue tool, known to exploit some versions of Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, is behind the city’s misery, which has included a shutdown of many vital systems and services.…

Julian Assange

Assange indicted on 17 counts under Espionage Act

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was indicted Tuesday on 17 counts of violating the rarely invoked Espionage Act for the 2010 procurement and publication of classified documents nicked by former Army Private and intelligence officer Chelsea Manning. The charges leveled against Assange, seen as courageous whistleblower by proponents and a criminal by critics, have raised concerns…

Chinese-made drones could transmit flight data back to makers, gov’t, DHS CISA warns

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warned in a Monday alert that drones made in China might be transmitting flight data back to their makers that the Chinese government can access. Noting the drones “contain components that can compromise your data and share your information on a server accessed…

Unsecure Chtrbox AWS database exposes data on 49 million Instagram influencers, accounts

An unsecured Chtrbox database hosted by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and discovered by security researcher Anurag Sen has exposed the records of more than 49 million Instagram influencers. Data scraped from the accounts include bios, account details like number of followers, location information, email addresses, phone numbers and profile pictures as well as a calculated…

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