Database containing 340mn individual records exposed online by Exactis

01 July, 2018, 14:53 | Author: Brooke Harris
  • Database containing 340mn individual records exposed online by Exactis

"It seems like this is a database with pretty much every USA citizen in it", said Troia, who is the founder of New York-based security company Night Lion Security.

A little-known Florida company may have exposed the personal data of almost every American adult, according to a new report. "The categories range from interests and habits to the number, age, and gender of the person's children", according to Wired, which verified that the data was legitimate.

The database does not contain Social Security numbers, bank account details or other direct financial account information, Troia says.

The database he unearthed contained two terabytes of information, so much data it would take around five full days and nights to download on a 38Mb broadband connection. When he examined the roughly 7,000 results of that query, he saw the Exactis database and discovered that it had no firewall protection. Then, we'll probably learn that even more people were affected by this leak, and then it'll finally leave the news cycle, we expect.

The Exactis website claims that the firm has the data of 218 million individuals, this includes 110 million USA households and 3.5 billion "consumer, business and digital records". "I searched celebrities, I searched people I know", he said.

Just because people's financial information or Social Security numbers weren't leaked doesn't mean they're not at risk for identity theft. He said he warned Exactis and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the vulnerability, and the data is no longer publicly accessible.

GM may slash American jobs because of Trump tariffs
Last year, about 36% of GM's US sales were imported, or about 1.1 million vehicles, according to research firm LMC Automotive. In addition to Canada, the European Union and Mexico are among those that have announced tariffs on U.S. goods in response.

It's not clear whether a hacker accessed the database, but Troia said it was not hard for him to find.

Though the data seems to be secure now, there's no telling how many people - if any - got access to the database. "What makes the Exactis breach noteworthy is not only for the number of customers impacted, but also for the depth of compromised data. Further, as 110 million of the records pertain to businesses, criminals could utilize the data for spear-phishing campaigns aimed at data exfiltration", Fischbach wrote via email.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Equifax announced that Mark Begor will become its CEO as the credit reporting company continues to try to recover from fallout surrounding a massive data breach.

Exactis is a firm whose specialization involves helping businesses reach potential clients through phone numbers and email or postal addresses.

On the company's website, Exactis.com, the firm describes itself as a "leading compiler and aggregator of premium business and computer data", storing "over 3.5 billion records (updated monthly)".

Troia says that whoever he has looked up in these records, he has found them.

Recommended:



Popular

Maryland shooting: Capital-Gazette owner 'deeply saddened'
The paper promotes itself as one of the oldest publishers in the country, with roots dating to the Maryland Gazette in 1727. Krampf said police had disposed of a suspected explosive device and that the four-story office building was now secure.

LeBron James to opt out, will become a free agent
But the Cavaliers assembled a weak supporting cast around James last season and attempted to revamp the team the trade deadline. Coming off one of the best seasons of his career, James is one of the most sought-after free agents in the league's history.

Jerami Grant Returning to Thunder on 3-Year, $27 Million Deal
This is definitely the biggest indication that the 28-year-old is likely to stay with the Thunder next season. The first year after Durant left, Westbrook carried the team on his back and managed to win the league MVP.

Angelina Jolie Draws Meghan Markle Comparisons as She Attends Royal Event
Prince Harry , the Duke of Sussex, and his brother, Prince William , the Duke of Cambridge, were competing in the event. Though the queen had to skip the event due to ill health , her cousin the Duke of Kent stepped in in her absence.

Supreme Court ends term without retirement
Hardiman and Thapar were among the group interviewed by Trump before he selected Neil Gorsuch for a vacancy past year . Wade is very much in question", said David Cole, national legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union.

Google Pixel 3 XL leak shows a notch
The Pixel 3 XL is also expected to have dual front-facing stereo speakers, with one of the speakers being housed on the notch. These are the third generation of the Google Pixel smartphones and should be revealed in September this year by the company.

Iran Reopens Uranium Plant in Preparation to Boost Enrichment
Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said the refinery, once fully operational, would produce 36 million liters of petrol per day. On Monday, gold and jewellery traders shut down Tehran's Grand Bazaar to protest rising prices and poor business.

U.S. protesters urge Trump to reverse immigration crackdown
A large group of women occupied the Hart Senate Office building in Washington on Thursday in protest of Trump administration immigration policy.

Trump, Putin set for Helsinki Showdown July 16
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed the summit , saying that "for me, dialogue is not a sign of weakness". A delegation of United States senators and congressmen headed by Sen.

Five dead, others wounded at Maryland newspaper shooting
Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly derisively referred to the media as "fake news " and said journalists are dishonest. Some 300 local, state and federal officers converged on the scene, Anne Arundel County Chief Timothy Altomare said Friday.