Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Cloud

12/19/2017
11:10 AM
50%
50%

Massive Cloud Leak Exposes Alteryx, Experian, US Census Bureau Data

A misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket exposed sensitive data on consumers' financial histories, contact information, and mortgage ownership.

[12/21/2017 Updated with new statement from the US Census Bureau stating Alteryx only had access to publicly available data on census.gov]

A major data leak resulting from yet another misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket has exposed sensitive information of 123 million American households. The cloud repository included data from analytics firm Alteryx, reports the UpGuard Cyber Risk Team.

Also exposed were massive data sets belonging to Alteryx partners Experian, the consumer credit reporting agency, and the US Census Bureau. Information from Experian's ConsumerView marketing database and the 2010 US Census were leaked. Home addresses, contact information, financial histories, and analyses of purchasing behavior were publicly available.

The US Census Bureau reports the third-party company involved in this leak, Alteryx, only had access to publicly available data from census.gov, including published data from the US 2010 Census. The leak did not affect Census Bureau servers or data stored on its cloud services.

UpGuard's director of cyber risk research, Chris Vickery, found the AWS S3 bucket at the subdomain "alteryxdownload" containing sensitive data. The repository was configured to allow any AWS "Authenticated Users" to download its data, meaning anyone with a free Amazon AWS account could access the bucket's information.

"Taken together, this exposed data provide a highly detailed database of tens of millions of Americans' personal, financial, and private lives," UpGuard says. This leak is a "prime example" of how third-party vendor risk can lead to sensitive data exposure.

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
 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
REISEN1955
0%
100%
REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
12/20/2017 | 9:21:05 AM
Wozniak's prediction
Ages ago, Woz - the beloved bear from Apple under the Jobs rule - predicted that there was no security in the cloud.  No kidding.  Now Amazon, the perfect cloud provider of all time, has a breach too.  Well, will wonders never cease!!!   Our collective data is being exposed and stolen daily by government and private sector firms that cannot keep pace with security issues.  Outsourcing to India solves nothing even worse.  Consider that ALL of your private data is OUT THERE is some form and that it IS COMPROMISED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 5/22/2020
How an Industry Consortium Can Reinvent Security Solution Testing
Henry Harrison, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, Garrison,  5/21/2020
Is Zero Trust the Best Answer to the COVID-19 Lockdown?
Dan Blum, Cybersecurity & Risk Management Strategist,  5/20/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
How Cybersecurity Incident Response Programs Work (and Why Some Don't)
This Tech Digest takes a look at the vital role cybersecurity incident response (IR) plays in managing cyber-risk within organizations. Download the Tech Digest today to find out how well-planned IR programs can detect intrusions, contain breaches, and help an organization restore normal operations.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-13616
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-26
The boost ASIO wrapper in net/asio.cpp in Pichi before 1.3.0 lacks TLS hostname verification.
CVE-2020-13614
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-26
An issue was discovered in ssl.c in Axel before 2.17.8. The TLS implementation lacks hostname verification.
CVE-2020-13615
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-26
lib/QoreSocket.cpp in Qore before 0.9.4.2 lacks hostname verification for X.509 certificates.
CVE-2020-9046
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-26
A vulnerability in all versions of Kantech EntraPass Editions could potentially allow an authorized low-privileged user to gain full system-level privileges by replacing critical files with specifically crafted files.
CVE-2020-12388
PUBLISHED: 2020-05-26
The Firefox content processes did not sufficiently lockdown access control which could result in a sandbox escape. *Note: this issue only affects Firefox on Windows operating systems.*. This vulnerability affects Firefox ESR < 68.8 and Firefox < 76.