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No glossing this over: Leaky Estée Lauder database exposes 440M records

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. accidentally left over 440 million records publicly exposed after failing to password-protect a corporate database, according to a researcher who spotted the oversight. The misconfigured database was found to contain emails in plain text, including those sent from internal email addresses; references to reports and internal documents; and IP addresses,…

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…

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…

Nemty ransomware makers may be latest to adopt data leak strategy

Following in the footsteps of Maze and Sodinokibi, it appears the makers another malicious encryption program plans to adopt the tactic of publishing data that’s been exfiltrated from targets. According to a BleepingComputer report, Nemty ransomware developers posted on a news feed in its affiliate panel that it intends to create a website where they…

Automakers pen 'privacy principles' for in-car technology

Misconfigured database exposes 198M records on prospective auto buyers

Dealer Leads, LLC, a digital marketing company for car dealerships, was discovered last month to have exposed an Elastic database that contained 198 million records on prospective automotive buyers. Publicly accessible information included the plain-text names, email addresses, phone numbers, home addresses and IP addresses of visitors to numerous websites affiliated with Dealer Leads, cybersecurity…

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