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Defunct iPhone app Kinotopic appears to leave customer database exposed online

Kinotopic, a photograph enhancement app for the iPhone, has been discontinued for approximately three years—yet a security researcher has discovered an unsecured database sitting out on the open Internet containing what appears to be information on over 198,000 past customers.

According to a MacKeeper blog post, researcher Chris Vickery found a MongoDB database (a type of open-source database built on a document-based architecture) that apparently contains Kinotopic usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords. The blog recommends that Kinetopic's former users change the log-in credentials for their other active mobile apps if they are using the same password that they registered with Kinetopic.

Efforts to contact the developers of the defunct application have proven unsuccessful, the blog reports.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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