Cybersecurity expert says the information was on a publicly accessible server.
According to a new report, a data leak of personal information has far surpassed the Equifax leaks, and could affect nearly every American.
According to WIRED magazine, cybersecurity expert Vinny Troia has discovered that the Palm Coast, Fla., based data broker Exactis exposed a database with the personal data of 340 million individual accounts onto a publicly accessible server. Anyone who knew which server to look at had immediate access to nearly 2 terabytes of personal data—including the following from an estimated 340 million people and businesses:
• phone number;
• email address; and
• other “highly personal characteristics”
Troia told WIRED:
“It seems like his is a database with pretty much every U.S. citizen in it. I don’t know where the data is coming from, but it’s one of the most comprehensive collections I’ve ever seen.”
The cybersecurity expert said he would be “surprised” if someone else didn’t already have this information, which could easily be used to commit fraud or identity theft. He said he contacted both Exactis and the FBI with his discovery, so it could be made inaccessible again.
“Each record contains entries that go far beyond contact information and public records to include more than 400 variables on a vast range of specific characteristics: whether the person smokes, their religion, whether they have dogs or cats, and interests as varied as scuba diving and plus-size apparel.”
Full article: Report: 340M Americans’ Personal Data Leaked (TruNews)