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Unsecured server exposes 4 billion records, 1.2 billion people

Two security researchers have uncovered four billion records on 1.2 billion people on an unsecured Elasticsearch server impacting what is estimated to be hundreds of millions of people. The data itself comes from the data aggregator and enrichment companies People Data Labs (PDL) and OxyData.Io and contains basic personal information, such as names, home and…

Leaky Gekko Group database exposes info on hotel brands, travelers

European hotel booking platform provider Gekko Group mistakenly stored over 1 terabyte of information on a publicly configured server, exposing troves of data related to its hotel B2B clients, as well as travel agents and their customers. The majority of the exposed data was collected by Gekko brands Teldar Travel, which provides a booking system…

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Report: GitHub repository exposes WeWork customer contracts

Data belonging to clients of shared workspace company WeWork was reportedly left exposed and accessible to the public via GitHub, while a web portal separately leaked information on prospective customers. Mossab Hussein, security researcher from Dubian-based spiderSilk, discovered the data mismanagement and reported it to Vice/Motherboard, which published a report on the findings today. The…

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Data breach potentially endangers Fairfax, Va. police officers

About 1,800 people, including 500 Fairfax, Va., county police department employees, had their PII possibly exposed when a USB drive carrying the information went missing. The USB drive containing the full names, birth dates and Social Security numbers for the Fairfax police officers and other employees belonged to Police Chief Cynthia McAlister, who heads the…

Design flaw leaves Bluetooth devices vulnerable

An engineering and computer science professor and his team from The Ohio State University discovered a design flaw in low-powered Bluetooth devices that leaves them susceptible to hacking. Zhiqiang Lin, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the university, found the commonly used Bluetooth Low Energy devices, such as fitness trackers and smart speakers,…

Open database exposes 93M files on patients of substance abuse facilities

A misconfigured AWS s3 storage bucket reportedly exposed roughly 93 million billing files that contain information on patients of three drug and alcohol addiction facilities operated by San Juan Capistrano, California-based Sunshine Behavioral Health, LLC. Patients at SBH’s Monarch Shores location in San Juan Capistrano; Chapters Capistrano facility in San Clemente, Calif.; and Willow Springs…

It’s privacy vs. innovation as Google collects data on 50 million medical patients

Google and health care provider organization Ascension have publicly confirmed a recent report that the two companies have embarked on a massive initiative to aggregate the data of roughly 50 million patients and store it on the cloud. The companies say it will improve patient care and administration, but the strategy has also sparked concern…

With election on horizon, U.K.’s Labour Party contends with DDoS attacks

The U.K. Labour Party’s digital platforms have been the target of distributed denial of service attack activity since yesterday, impeding access to the political body’s main website. The initial wave of DDoS attacks took place on Nov. 11. Multiple news reports today quoted a Labour Party spokesperson as saying that the barrage of fake traffic…

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Facebook app developers told to delete group member info

For the last 18 months some of Facebook’s developers have had access to private user information contained within some of the social media site’s groups. The information was accessible through the Facebook Group’s API which allowed those developing apps for a group to see information such as names and profile pictures in connection with group…

APT 41 using MessageTap malware to gather SMS traffic

A new malware that is being deployed by the Chinese hacking group APT 41 monitors SMS traffic and other mobile information en masse and is being used against a telecommunications firm to target specific customer phone numbers. The malware, called MessageTap, has been used in cyberespionage and financially motivated attacks, reported FireEye. MessageTap was first…

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