Thousands of donors who were able to look past the Kars4Kids ad jingle and went ahead had their information exposed when a misconfigured MongoDB made it publicly accessible.

Bob Diachenko, HackenProof’s director of cyber risk research, found the 21,612 customer/donor and charity’s records containing emails and personal data open to the public. The corporate records also helped reveal an entirely deeper layer of information such as the vacation vouchers that are given to people who donated their vehicles and receipts with such personal data like emails, home addresses, and phone numbers.

Diachenko noted Kars4Kids bad luck did not stop with the misconfigured database. During his search of the public facing data he found evidence of a ransom note.

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