An unsecured storage server belonging to the Oklahoma Department of Securities exposed millions of files, containing personal data, systems credentials and internal commission documents as well as communications meant for the Oklahoma Securities Commission.
The server, discovered by the UpGuard Data Breach Research team, has since been secured, the researchers said in a blog post.
While UpGuard doesn’t know how long the server was open to the public – the Shodan search engine first found it to be publicly available on Nov. 30, 2018 – the data it housed “was generated over decades, with the oldest data originating in 1986 and the most recent modified in 2016,” the researchers wrote of the exposure, which they said could have a “severe impact” on the department’s network integrity. “The data was exposed via an unsecured rsync service at an IP address registered to the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services, allowing any user from any IP address to download all the files stored on the server.”
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