A massive database of sensitive personal information on 123 million U.S. households was leaked by data analytics firms in California. This is an example of a misconfiguration errors in Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage with massive impacts. Every step should be secured or data breach will eventually occur.
Unsafe cloud-based datastores are exposed as a result of misconfiguration errors in Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage, which is a massive dataset of Experian, the consumer credit reporting agency Alteryx partner.
In the meantime, the US Census Bureau also provides 2010 US Census data, Experian’s ConsumerView marketing database, a product sold to other businesses that include a combination of public details and more sensitive data.
This massive data breach has led to personal identification details and data points that expose billions of individual U.S. family information. Though no names were exposed, the data set included 248 different data fields covering a wide variety of specific personal information, including address, age, gender, education, occupation and marital status. Other fields included mortgage and financial information, phone numbers and the number of children in the household.
The leaked information, including home addresses and contact information, mortgage ownership and financial status, analysis of specific purchases, and the data exposed constitute a glimpse of the immensely invasive nature of American consumer life.
The UpGuard researchers disagreed with that assessment.
“The data exposed in this bucket would be invaluable for unscrupulous marketers, spammers and identity thieves, for whom this data would be largely reliable and, more importantly, varied,” the researchers said. “With a large database of potential victims to survey — with such details as ‘mortgage ownership’ revealed, a common security verification question — the price could be far higher than merely bad publicity.”
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123 Million American Households Sensitive Data Leaked Online – A Massive Data Leak
A massive database that contains 123 Million American households sensitive personal information leaked online by California-based data analytics firm. An unsecured cloud-based data repository was left publicly due to the bad misconfiguration in Amazon Web Services S3 cloud storage and the repository are massive data sets belonging to consumer credit reporting agency Alteryx partner Experian. 123 Million American Households Sensitive Data Leaked Online – A Massive Data Leak
Massive leak exposes data on 123 million US households
An unsecured database contained a wide range of personal details about virtually every American household, researchers say. Massive leak exposes data on 123 million US households
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