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Technology Cloud leak exposed sensitive data from over 200,000 voicemails

00:50  18 october  2020
00:50  18 october  2020 Source:   engadget.com

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Ten years of data from over 200 police departments, fusion centers and other law enforcement training and support resources. The files appear to stem from a real data breach at Netsential, a Houston-based web service provider that contracts with state law enforcement agencies across the US.

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Some data leaks contain more sensitive info than most. Security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech discovered (via Threatpost) that Broadvoice, a cloud VoIP provider for businesses, left over 350 million records exposed online in an unprotected cluster, including 2 million voicemail records with 200,000 transcripts. Many of those transcripts included sensitive data, and not just common elements like names and phone numbers — medical conditions, mortgages and insurance policies were all left open.

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“Preliminary analysis of the data contained in this leak suggests that Netsential, a web services company used by multiple fusion centers, law enforcement, and Given the recent events and BLM protests, and the timing of the data leak (Junteenth), the move by DDoSecrets seems in retaliation.

“We keep finding more sensitive data that we need to cleanup. I didn’t realize how much of the internet was sitting behind a Cloudflare CDN until this incident,” Ormandy wrote. “I’m finding private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data

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The largest general data collection, 275 million records, typically included full names, phone numbers, and cities.

The company told Comparitech that the data had been stored on September 28th and was locked down October 2nd, a day after Diachenko notified Broadvoice. There hasn’t been evidence of “misuse” so far, the company said. Marketing VP Rebecca Rosen told Threatpost that it believed “less than 10,000” businesses were impacted, although that doesn’t say how many of those companies’ customers were at risk.

The practical damage appears to have been limited as a result. Even so, this illustrates the dangers of insecure data. The wrong decision can expose vast amounts of info, and it can only take a subset of that data to create serious problems.

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