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Data Security

August 8, 2019
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An unsecured database containing 40 gigabytes of data belonging to the Honda Motor Company was discovered recently.

The data contained employee information, including names, email addresses, and employee IDs, as well as sensitive network information detailing the security status of connected computers. Among those exposed in the leak was Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo.

“What makes this data particularly dangerous in the hands of an attacker is that it shows you exactly where the...

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June 4, 2019
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At least 11 million public and private photographs were found on an unsecured database connected to an online photo sharing service.

Researchers from VPNMentor discovered an online database that they traced back to Theta360, a photo service specializing in panoramic photos taken with Ricoh-brand cameras. The unsecured data contained photographs, usernames, full names, and photo captions, including those marked by users...

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June 3, 2019
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Quest Diagnostics, a leading American clinical laboratory company, announced today that 11.9 million patients may have been compromised in a vendor-related incident.

A statement released by Quest revealed that an “unauthorized user” had gained access to a system used by American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a billing vendor subcontracted by a Quest contractor called Optum360. Patient Social Security numbers and medical records were potentially compromised. Lab results were not...

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May 29, 2019
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First American Financial Corp. left hundreds of millions of sensitive financial documents unprotected on its website dating back as far as 2003.

The security hole, discovered by Washington real estate developer Ben Shoval and reported by security expert Brian Krebs, allowed anyone with a web browser full access to digitized records related to mortgage deals. Among the leaked information were bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, and scans of driver licenses.

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May 24, 2019
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Google announced a glitch that stored unencrypted passwords belonging to several business customers, a situation that had been exploitable since 2005.

In a blog post released this week, the company admitted the passwords of “some” of its G Suite customers had been stored on internal servers without cryptographic protection, also known as a hash.

“This issue has...

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May 21, 2019
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A leaked database has compromised the personal information of more than 49 million Instagram users, including celebrities and “influencers.”

The information was found on an unsecured database hosted on an Amazon cloud server and includes public-facing information from Instagram accounts as well as personal details, including email addresses and phone numbers. Techcrunch, the website that initially broke the story, traced the database back to Chtrbox, a social media marketing firm...

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March 27, 2019
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Data loss can strike at any time, and the cost of recovery will be high—unless you have a recent, usable backup.

Take the first step to protecting your valuable information by following the 5 Ws of backing up data—the who, what, where, when and why—on World Backup Day, March 31, 2019.

Why you should back up

Let’s begin with why. Backup copies are a form of insurance against a devastating data loss that can be caused by hardware failure, human error,...

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March 20, 2019
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A health company’s unprotected server exposed over six million health records in the last 12 months.

Meditlab, an electronic medical record company, left a server for electronic faxes completely unprotected since bringing it online in March 2018. This meant that any information transmitted between medical offices, including records, doctor’s notes, prescriptions, and patient names, addresses, health insurance information and Social Security numbers were accessible to outside parties...

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January 24, 2019
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The personal data of 4 million applicants for internships at a non-profit organization was exposed in a breach.

The data included the applicants’ names, email addresses, gender, and personal essays and was exposed via a misconfigured database called Elasticsearch on the website of AIESEC, a “youth-run” non-governmental organization with over 100,000- members worldwide. The data leak was initially found by Bob Diachenko of SecurityDiscovery.com on Shodan, an IoT-...

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November 30, 2018
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Marriott announced an enormous breach of the company’s reservations database that may have potentially exposed the personally identifiable information of more than 500 million guests.

If you’ve made reservations at the St. Regis, Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels or anywhere else that operates on Marriott’s Starwood guest reservation database...

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