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 scanned government and employee photo IDs of over 30,000 individuals, the signatures of dispensary visitors and patients, and customer attestations acknowledging state cannabis laws, according to a vpnMentor company blog post.
vpnMentor researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar spotted the open database while conducting their ongoing web mapping project, and determined that it belonged to THSuite, a Seattle-based software supplier to the cannabis industry.
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