Some of Russia’s surveillance tech leaked data for more than a year

A Russian security researcher has found that hardware equipment meant to be used by Russian authorities to intercept internet traffic had been leaving data exposed on the internet. The leaky equipment were SORM devices. These are hardware wiretaps that all Read More …

Unprotected Database Exposes Personal Info of 80 Million American Households

A team of security researchers has claims to have found a publicly-accessible database that exposes information on more than 80 million U.S. households—nearly 65 percent of the total number of American households. Discovered by VPNMentor’s research team lead by hacktivists Read More …

FEMA Exposes PII for Millions of Hurricane, Wildfire Survivors

The Federal Emergency Management Agency exposed the personal identifiable information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017, by oversharing survivor data with a contractor when it wasn’t necessary. Worse, the contractor’s Read More …

Insecure Database Exposes 800,000 Singapore Blood Donors

The personal information of 808,201 blood donors who registered to donate since 1986 in Singapore was exposed after the database which contained it was left unprotected on an Internet-facing server for more than two months. According to The Straits Times who first reported the data leak incident, Read More …

South African Power Firm Eskom Fails To Secure Customer Data

A security researcher resorted to a public tweet about a serious data breach involving customer data, after a South African electricity provider ignored all other pleas to resolve the leak. Security researcher Devin Stokes issued the public tweet to Eskom, which Read More …

Millions of Voter Records Up for Sale Ahead of the US Midterm Elections

As the US midterm elections close in, the underground markets appear to be flush with voter databases available for affordable prices. Voter information is rich with details that could help an attacker learn enough about the victim to steal their Read More …

Health Care Data of 2 Million People in Mexico Exposed Online

A MongoDB database was exposed online that contained health care information for 2 million patients in Mexico. This data included information such as the person’s full name, gender, date of birth, insurance information, disability status, and home address. The database was discovered by security researcher Bob Read More …

Fitness app Polar exposed locations of spies and military personnel

A popular fitness app that tracks the activity data on millions of users has inadvertently revealed the locations of personnel working at military bases and intelligence services. The app, Polar Flow, built by its eponymous company Polar, a Finnish-based fitness Read More …