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Tech & Science Security camera maker Wyze may have exposed personal data for millions

13:25  30 december  2019
13:25  30 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Security camera maker Wyze said it left personal information for 2.4 million customers exposed on the internet for weeks. The data was accidentally left exposed when it was transferred to a new database to make the data easier to query, but a company employee failed to maintain previous

Security camera maker Wyze said it left personal information for 2.4 million customers exposed on the internet for weeks. More than 2.4 million Wyze customers were affected by the leak, according to cybersecurity firm Twelve Security , which first reported on the leak. The data was accidentally left

Security camera maker Wyze said it left personal information for 2.4 million customers exposed on the internet for weeks. Tyler Lizenby/CNET © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Security camera maker Wyze said it left personal information for 2.4 million customers exposed on the internet for weeks. Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Security camera startup Wyze  has confirmed it suffered a data leak earlier this month that may have left the personal information for millions of its customers exposed on the internet. No passwords or financial information was exposed, but email addresses, Wi-Fi network IDs and body metrics were left unprotected from Dec. 4 through Dec. 26, the company said Friday.

More than 2.4 million Wyze customers were affected by the leak, according to cyber-security firm Twelve Security, which first reported on the leak

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Wyze , a company that makes budget home- security cameras , acknowledged a security breach in its system that exposed the information of 2.4 million customers.Credit Smith Collection/Gado, via Getty Images.

It said the exposed information included email addresses, a list of cameras in the home, API Tokens, WiFi SSIDs, and health data such as height, weight, gender What just happened? IoT vendor Wyze , which makes budget smart devices such as security cameras and smart door locks, has confirmed it

The data was accidentally left exposed when it was transferred to a new database to make the data easier to query, but a company employee failed to maintain previous security protocols during the process, Wyze co-founder Dongsheng Song wrote in a forum post.

"We are still looking into this event to figure out why and how this happened," he wrote.

Keeping sensitive information private continues to be a challenge for database managers. Among this year's more high-profile data leaks were the names, addresses and demographic data of 80 million US households, as well as the expected salaries of more than a million job seekers and thousands of Facebook passwords.

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Among the data exposed in the Wyze leak was the height, weight, gender and other health information for about 140 beta users participating in testing of new hardware, Wyze said.  

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You buy a home monitoring camera to improve your security , but Wyze customers might have wound up achieving the opposite. The company, which makes security cameras to pepper around your home, has admitted that data on more than 2.4 million users has been exposed . A database was left

Security camera maker , Wyze has admitted to exposing more than 2.4 million users’ personal data . The data was left unguarded on the internet and We are confirming that some Wyze user data was not properly secured and left exposed from December 4th to December 26th.We don’t have all the

The company said there was no evidence that login tokens had been exposed but signed out all users to generate new tokens. Customers can also expect their cameras to automatically reboot in the coming days due to an additional security action.

Wyze said it takes its product security seriously and will reexamine its procedures.

"This is a clear signal that we need to totally revisit all Wyze security guidelines in all aspects, better communicate those protocols to Wyze employees, and bump up priority for user-requested security features beyond 2-factor authentication," Wyze said.

Wyze representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for additional information and comment.

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