The parent company of Chinese e-retailing giant Gearbest has been operating a completely unsecured corporate database, leaving roughly 1.5 million customer records unencrypted and exposed to the public, a new report warns.

Led by white-hat hacker Noam Rotem, researchers from VPNMentor revealed the security issue after discovering they were able to access Gearbest's customer, order, and billing/payment information. Exposed data includes names, shipping addresses, birth dates, phone numbers email addresses, IP addresses, national ID and passport information, account passwords and payment information.

"Gearbest's database isn't just unsecured. It's also providing potentially malicious agents with a constantly-updated supply of fresh data," states VPNMentor's online report. Gearbest reportedly uses an Elasticsearch database, which VPNMentor says "is ordinarily not designed for URL use. However, we were able to access it via [a] browser and manipulate the URL search criteria into exposing up to 10,000 schemata from a single index at any time."

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