For more at least a week in December, an open MongoDB server exposed more than 200 million records with resumes of Chinese job seekers.

On December 28, Bob Diachenko, director of cyber risk research at HackenProof, discovered an 854GB MongoDB database, containing information on “candidates’ skills and work experience but also on their personal info, such as mobile phone number, email, marriage,children, politics, height, weight, driver license, literacy level, salary expectations,” Diachenko wrote in a blog post, and which didn’t require password/login authentication to access.

"In the case of this data breach, or data exposure, the unprotected data was open and available for about a week, according to the report,” said Jonathan Deveaux, head of enterprise data protection for Comforte. “Forensics from past data breaches have revealed that outside access to data was typically available for months, and sometimes years. Therefore, one might say that the owners of this database were ‘lucky’ that the data was only exposed for a week.”

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