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Misconfigured servers contributed to more than 200 cloud breaches

Misconfigured storage services in 93 percent of cloud deployments have contributed to more than 200 breaches over the past two years, exposing more than 30 billion records, according to a report from Accurics, which predicted that cloud breaches are likely to increase in both velocity and scale. The researchers found that 91 percent of the…

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Phishing attack hid in Google Cloud Services

Details of a phishing attack concealed in Google Cloud Services point to a fast-growing trend that has hackers disguising malicious activities in cloud service providers. In a report released today, researchers at Check Point unravel, step-by-step, how even security-savvy professionals could be tricked by a well-disguised ruse, which kicked off with a PDF document containing…

Docker attackers devise clever technique to avoid detection

In what researchers say is a first, attackers are performing a new container attack technique in the wild, whereby they build their own malicious images on a targeted host instead of pulling preexisting ones from a public registry. This maneuver allows the adversaries to avoid static detection by scanners that are programmed to look for…

Cornerstone Payment Systems leaves database open, exposes 6.7M records

Cornerstone Payment Systems, which processes payments for pro-life groups, churches, ministries and other organizations with a similar Christian bent, left a database unprotected, exposing 6.7 million records from 2013 until the present. Information housed by the database included names, email addresses and physical addresses as well as card and merchant information, expiration dates and the…

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…

OAuth vulnerability threatens Azure accounts

There is a vulnerability in specific Microsoft OAuth 2.0 applications that could let an attacker gain access and control of a victim’s Azure account. The flaw was found by Cyberark researchers who noticed that many white-listed OAuth applications, at least 54, automatically trust domains and sub-domains that are not registered by Microsoft so anyone can…

It’s privacy vs. innovation as Google collects data on 50 million medical patients

Google and health care provider organization Ascension have publicly confirmed a recent report that the two companies have embarked on a massive initiative to aggregate the data of roughly 50 million patients and store it on the cloud. The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern…

Open AWS buckets expose more than 200K CVs at two online recruitment firms

Unsecured AWS servers belonging to two online recruitment firms – U.S.-based Authentic Jobs and Sonic Jobs in the U.K. – have exposed more than 250,000 CVs of job candidates. Authentic Jobs, used by the likes of the New York Times and EY, took the biggest hit with 221,130 CVs exposed to the public, according to…

Researcher finds exposed Starbucks subdomain subject to takeover

Starbucks shuttered a subdomain that pointed to an abandoned Azure cloud resource after a security researcher in its bug bounty program discovered it was vulnerable to cross-site script and session hijacking. The subdomain, svcgatewayus.starbucks.com, “pointed to Microsoft Azure Cloud App [1fd05821-7501-40de-9e44-17235e7ab48b.cloudapp.net] which was no longer registered under Azure,” researcher Patrik wrote in a report on…

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