Monday, 22 April, 2019

New data breach may have exposed info on every U.S. citizen

Exactis exposed 340 million personal records to the internet Here We Go Again: Data Broker Exactis Leaks 340 Million Records
Priscilla Morrison | 29 June, 2018, 11:42

On Wednesday, a security researcher named Vinny Troia said he stumbled on a massive database containing the detailed records of 340 million people -all of which was mistakenly made available online. With 230 million single people found in the records (the other 110 million records refer to businesses), this is certainly a very large-scale incident, and it differs from some other data leaks such as T-Mobile's in that most of the people on the database probably aren't aware that they're on it. "I don't know where the data is coming from, but it's one of the most comprehensive collections I've ever seen", he said.

Another major data breach has left roughly 340 million records exposed by data aggregation firm Exactis after information was left on a publicly accessible server. Earlier this month, security researcher Vinny Troia found that almost 2 terabytes of data was exposed, which seems to include personal information on hundreds of millions of U.S. adults and millions of businesses, the report said. (That's according to the Google search description-Exactis' website is now unavailable, presumably because people are rushing to figure out exactly who leaked their information.) This kind of data is valuable to marketers, sure, but it's also useful to hackers who want to target specific people.

"The Exactis data leak should enrage consumers and businesses alike". The government's computer security weaknesses were laid bare with the WikiLeaks release. Considering the current population of the United States is said to be around 325 million, chances are high that your information was on its servers.

This Nov. 18, 2009, file photo, shows credit and bank cards. Apple fans who froze their credit after the Equifax data breach may end up with another hassle on their hands if they try to get one of the new iPhones that can cost more than $1,000.

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In this June 30, 2011 photo, Aaron Titus, chief privacy officer and vice president of business development at Identity Finder, an Internet company that develops software to find and protect sensitive data, works at his office in NY.

Financial information and Social Security numbers did not appear to be part of the database, though a wide range of characteristics were part of the leak.

"Warehousing over 3.5 billion consumer, business, and digital records, The Exactis Data Cloud provides knowledge and insight to hundreds of firms enabling them to achieve marketing success through the use of high quality data." an excerpt from Exactis website.

If you're a U.S. citizen, your personal information - your phone number, home address, email address, even how many children you have - may have just become easily available to hackers in an alleged massive data leak. The company's clients include companies in the media, financial services and e-commerce industries, which it helps with targeted marketing campaigns, according to Crunchbase.

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