Now there’s proof that every random minute counts when a database is left unsecured on the web. In fact, a recent Comparitech experiment led by researcher Bob Diachenko found that hackers attacked a simulation of an unsecured database an average of 18 times per day.

In a June 10 blog post, Comparitech Privacy Advocate Paul Bischoff describes typical scenarios of how unauthorized third parties discover, access and even modify exposed data without a password or other authentication, thus risking user privacy and security.

The security firm last month set up a honeypot to find out how quickly attackers would hit an Elasticsearch cloud server containing a bogus database with fake data inside, and it subsequently found 175 attacks in eight hours after deployment. The first attack on the decoy occurred just eight hours and 35 minutes after being available for the taking.

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