If another leaky Elasticsearch server may seem a little anticlimactic, considering how frequently they occur, the latest find by security researchers might have more of a “wow” factor since it exposed information on nearly all of Ecuador’s 16.6 million citizens, 6.7 million of them children.
“The irresponsible handling of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) has literally put the identity information for generations of Ecuadorians at risk,” said JASK Lead Threat Analyst Kevin Stear. “It's truly tragic to think a child [who is] jeopardized now may suffer identity and online trust issues for their entire life.”
The 20.8 million user records, including names, birth dates, civil registration, bank account numbers and status, family members, work information and corporate tax identification numbers, came from multiple government and private sector sources and even boasted an entry for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012 and holed up in the country’s London embassy for seven years until his arrest last spring.
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