Cloud

5/23/2018
08:20 AM
100%
0%

LA County Nonprofit Exposes 3.2M PII Files via Unsecured S3 Bucket

A misconfiguration accidentally compromised credentials, email addresses, and 200,000 rows of notes describing abuse and suicidal distress.

Los Angeles County 211, an LA-based nonprofit providing information and referrals for health and human services in LA County, accidentally exposed 3.2 million files through a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket, the UpGuard Cyber Risk Team reported this week.

UpGuard discovered the bucket on March 14, 2018. While not all files were publicly downloadable, those that were included Postgres database backups and CSV exports of the data, which contained thousands of rows of personal information. UpGuard reached a member of the security team on April 24; soon after, the bucket was no longer accessible.

Downloadable files included access credentials for employees operating the 211 system, email addresses for contacts and registered sources of LA County 211, and most concerningly, call notes pertaining to conversations with people in need. Notes include the reasons for calls and the personally identifiable information of people reporting problems, and in some cases, reported abusers. Within three million rows of call logs are 200,000 rows of notes describing abuse and suicidal distress, raising major privacy concerns.

It's not the first time an organization has compromised data in a misconfigured S3 bucket; however, the LA County 211 incident is significant because of the population it serves. The nonprofit provides badly needed services to hundreds of thousands of people each year. All types of reports are collected in a single database, which makes sense from a functional perspective but simultaneously creates a "crown jewel" of data for attackers, says UpGuard.

Read more details here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
0%
100%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
5/24/2018 | 9:14:01 AM
Misconfigured S3 bucket
I may be in the minority but I think its the responsibility of Amazon to not allow carte blanche access for configurations around S3. By doing so you run into scenarios like this where organizations deviate from best practice and put customer data at risk.
6 Security Trends for 2018/2019
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  10/15/2018
6 Reasons Why Employees Violate Security Policies
Ericka Chickowski, Contributing Writer, Dark Reading,  10/16/2018
Getting Up to Speed with "Always-On SSL"
Tim Callan, Senior Fellow, Comodo CA,  10/18/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Latest Comment: Too funny!
Current Issue
Flash Poll
The Risk Management Struggle
The Risk Management Struggle
The majority of organizations are struggling to implement a risk-based approach to security even though risk reduction has become the primary metric for measuring the effectiveness of enterprise security strategies. Read the report and get more details today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-10839
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Qemu emulator <= 3.0.0 built with the NE2000 NIC emulation support is vulnerable to an integer overflow, which could lead to buffer overflow issue. It could occur when receiving packets over the network. A user inside guest could use this flaw to crash the Qemu process resulting in DoS.
CVE-2018-13399
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
The Microsoft Windows Installer for Atlassian Fisheye and Crucible before version 4.6.1 allows local attackers to escalate privileges because of weak permissions on the installation directory.
CVE-2018-18381
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Z-BlogPHP 1.5.2.1935 (Zero) has a stored XSS Vulnerability in zb_system/function/c_system_admin.php via the Content-Type header during the uploading of image attachments.
CVE-2018-18382
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Advanced HRM 1.6 allows Remote Code Execution via PHP code in a .php file to the user/update-user-avatar URI, which can be accessed through an "Update Profile" "Change Picture" (aka user/edit-profile) action.
CVE-2018-18374
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
XSS exists in the MetInfo 6.1.2 admin/index.php page via the anyid parameter.