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Five billion records exposed in open ‘data breach database’

More than five billion records were exposed after an Elasticsearch “data breach database” managed by a U.K.-based security firm and housing a trove of security incidents from the last seven years was left unprotected. “Data was very well structured,” wrote security researcher Bob Diachenko, who discovered the Elasticsearch instance, of the information, which included hashtypes,…

Walgreens mobile app leaked PII, PHI on ‘small percentage’ of customers

A leak in the Walgreens mobile app’s messaging service exposed personal information – including what the company said was “limited health-related data” – on a “small percentage” of customers who used the app between Jan. 9-15. “Fortunately for consumers, the short exposure window of the vulnerability and the specific conditions required should keep the impact…

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…

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Open dark web database exposes info on 267 million Facebook

An unsecured database on the dark web left the personal information of more than 267 million Facebook users, mostly in the U.S., exposed. Although the database, discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech and traced to Vietnam, is now inaccessible, it laid bare names, phone numbers, timestamps and Facebook IDs and that information also…

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Open database exposes 26,000 Honda Motors customers

A Honda Motor Company Elasticsearch cluster containing 976 million records affecting about 26,000 customers and containing information on Honda vehicle owners was found exposed. Independent security researcher Bob Diachenko posted that the database appeared to be part of the company’s North American operation did not require any passwords or other authentication to access the data,…

Unsecured storage bucket exposes applications for birth certificate copies

A leaky Amazon Web Services storage bucket has exposed more than 752,000 applications requesting copies of birth certificates. A report yesterday by TechCrunch said the unsecured data set dates back to late 2017, but was just recently discovered by U.K.-based penetration testing company Fidus Information Security. The data is managed by a company that helps…

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Sprint contractor reportedly stored non-Sprint customers’ phone bills on open server

Hundreds of thousands of cell phone bills and other documents belonging to AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile customers were reportedly exposed after a Sprint contractor left them sitting on an open public server. The documents had been collected and stored in the first place as part a marketing effort to persuade subscribers of rival carrier services…

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Open TrueDialog database exposes texts, PII on millions in U.S.

An open database at text messaging solution company TrueDialog left user SMS messages exposed for months, putting nearly a billion records and “millions of Americans at risk,” according to the researchers who discovered the database, hosted by Microsoft Azure and running on the Oracle Marketing Cloud in the U.S. In addition to private text messages,…

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