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, which included full name, email address, phone number, mailing address, vehicle make and model, vehicle VIN number, agreement ID and other service information.

“Please note that I was unable to confirm the exact number of unique customer records, this number is based on cluster statistics and keywords search analysis. In its statement Honda estimates this number to be around 26,000,” he said.

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