Records of 114 Million US Citizen and Companies Exposed Online
A huge database containing over 114 million records of US citizens and companies has been discovered sitting online unprotected. The number of individuals impacted by the exposure is estimated to almost 83 million.
Ryan Wilk, VP of customer success for NuData Security, a Mastercard company, provided the following comments:
“This is a vast sum of data to be available online in an unprotected format, and is yet another example of organizations not taking data protection in any way seriously. The information available is a hacker’s dream, with more than enough information to pull off a social engineering campaign which could compromise a wide range of accounts, ranging from consumer accounts with retailers to bank accounts or sensitive documents. Programs of passive biometrics and two-factor authentication are needed across the board if we are to differentiate between legitimate and bad users following breaches such as this.”