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10/13/2017
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10 Major Cloud Storage Security Slip-Ups (So Far) this Year

Accenture is the latest in a string of major companies to expose sensitive cloud data this year, following Verizon, Deloitte, and Dow Jones.
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Accenture
The Cyber Risk Team at UpGuard recently discovered that Accenture left at least four AWS S3 storage buckets unsecured and publicly available for download. Accenture's slip-up exposed authentication credentials, secret API data, digital certificates, decryption keys, customer information, and other data that could be leveraged to target both Accenture and its clients - which include 94 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than 75% of the Fortune Global 500.
All four exposed servers, the largest of which was 137GB, were configured for public access and could be downloaded by anyone who entered the buckets' Web address into their browser. All contained highly sensitive data about the Accenture Cloud Platform and clients who used it. One folder included a plaintext document with the master access key for Accenture's account with AWS Key Management Service, leaving an undisclosed amount of credentials vulnerable.
The mistake could lead to an 'untold amount' of financial damage, says UpGuard. An attacker could have used the keys to impersonate an Accenture employee and remain in the company's network to collect data, or launch password reuse attacks on multiple platforms.
(Image: Josefkubes via Shutterstock)

Accenture

The Cyber Risk Team at UpGuard recently discovered that Accenture left at least four AWS S3 storage buckets unsecured and publicly available for download. Accenture's slip-up exposed authentication credentials, secret API data, digital certificates, decryption keys, customer information, and other data that could be leveraged to target both Accenture and its clients - which include 94 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than 75% of the Fortune Global 500.

All four exposed servers, the largest of which was 137GB, were configured for public access and could be downloaded by anyone who entered the buckets' Web address into their browser. All contained highly sensitive data about the Accenture Cloud Platform and clients who used it. One folder included a plaintext document with the master access key for Accenture's account with AWS Key Management Service, leaving an undisclosed amount of credentials vulnerable.

The mistake could lead to an "untold amount" of financial damage, says UpGuard. An attacker could have used the keys to impersonate an Accenture employee and remain in the company's network to collect data, or launch password reuse attacks on multiple platforms.

(Image: Josefkubes via Shutterstock)

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ChristopherJames
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ChristopherJames,
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9/18/2018 | 10:26:48 PM
Re: Fixing S3 Bucket Problems
Security slip-ups have become even more common these days with a greater number of individuals who are proficient in the field to come forward and hack vulnerable portals. They just wish to show how easy it truly is to hack into anyone's system and in turn gain public attention. Most of them do it for fame rather than for other reasons like finances or access. Security companies need to really step up their game in this modern era where internet is readily accessible by anyone.
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tradichel,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/16/2017 | 6:02:25 PM
Fixing S3 Bucket Problems
In order to fix S3 bucket problems, companies need to think more holistically about why they are happening. I published a related article on Secplicity explaining what it is like to manage a cloud environment with many people deploying new software all the time. Companies need to automate software deployments, inventory the software, and invest in more security controls that make it hard to deploy out of date software or configuration changes that are not following best practices and company policies.
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