A cybersecurity researcher found the Down Jones Watchlist residing in an open Elasticsearch database containing 2.4 million records of politicians, criminals and national and international sanction lists.

Independent researcher Bob Diachenko reported on his Security Discovery blog that he came across the 4.4GB dataset on February 22. The files were not secured and could be found using any public IoT search engine, he said. The information Diachenko found contained:

·        Global coverage of senior politically exposed persons (PEP), their relatives, close associates, and the companies they are linked to.
·        National and international government sanction lists and categories
·        Persons officially linked to, or convicted of, high-profile crime
·        Profile notes from Dow Jones including citing Federal agencies and law enforcement sources.

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