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

8/21/2019
05:15 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

MoviePass Leaves Credit Card Numbers, Personal Data Exposed Online

Thousands of customers' credit card numbers, MoviePass card numbers, and sensitive data were left in an unprotected database.

MoviePass, a struggling film subscription service, has another problem on its plate: Security researchers discovered an unsecured company database exposing thousands of customers' personal and payment information. The database has since been taken offline.

Compromised data includes names, email addresses, credit card numbers, expiration dates, billing information, and mailing addresses. Many exposed held MoviePass customer card numbers, which appear on subscribers' payment cards. Members who pay a monthly fee can use these cards to pay to watch movies in theaters.

Mossab Hussein, a security researcher with security company SpiderSilk, found the exposed server on one of MoviePass' subdomains, TechCrunch reports. The database held 161 million records and counting; 58,000 of those records contained payment card data. Hussein initially emailed MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe, but when the executive didn't respond to his message, the researcher contacted TechCrunch. MoviePass took the server down after the publication reached out.

After working with Hussein to review sample datasets, TechCrunch reports exposed records contain sufficient information to commit credit card fraud. In a sample of 1,000 records, more than half had a MoviePass member card number, balance, and expiration. The server also contained records of failed login attempts. None of the data on the server was encrypted.

It has not been confirmed how long the data was exposed or whether any attackers attempted to access and abuse it. "Leaving 58,000-plus records containing payment card data unencrypted on a publicly accessible database is concerning," says DivvyCloud CTO Chris DeRamus. "However, the fact that MoviePass initially ignored the vulnerability when it was notified is even worse."  

This marks the latest in a series of debacles for MoviePass, which has faced customer losses and several internal problems after rapid growth last year. While it's possible this growth caused MoviePass to overlook security, this type of careless mistake can lead to long-term problems.

"When a company experiences a surge in popularity, they tend to quickly begin building software and expanding their ecosystem to focus on implementing new functionality and getting it to production, oftentimes while neglecting to consider security implications or needs," says Nabil Hannan, managing principal for financial services at Synopsys. 

Hannan says it's "very concerning" to see MoviePass stored sensitive data in plaintext without a password.

Related Content:

Check out The Edge, Dark Reading's new section for features, threat data, and in-depth perspectives. Today's top story: "How to Avoid Technical Debt in Open Source Projects."

 

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
bwing
100%
0%
bwing,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/22/2019 | 8:59:45 AM
WHy?
My question is as these organizations scale and become larger influencers why isn't there more of a stress on security? With all the breaches in recent news you'd think security would be on the forefront of priority for these enterprise organizations. 
I 'Hacked' My Accounts Using My Mobile Number: Here's What I Learned
Nicole Sette, Director in the Cyber Risk practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps,  11/19/2019
DevSecOps: The Answer to the Cloud Security Skills Gap
Lamont Orange, Chief Information Security Officer at Netskope,  11/15/2019
Attackers' Costs Increasing as Businesses Focus on Security
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  11/15/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Navigating the Deluge of Security Data
In this Tech Digest, Dark Reading shares the experiences of some top security practitioners as they navigate volumes of security data. We examine some examples of how enterprises can cull this data to find the clues they need.
Flash Poll
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Frustrated with recurring intrusions and breaches, cybersecurity professionals are questioning some of the industrys conventional wisdom. Heres a look at what theyre thinking about.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2012-2079
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-22
A cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in the Activity module 6.x-1.x for Drupal.
CVE-2019-11325
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-21
An issue was discovered in Symfony before 4.2.12 and 4.3.x before 4.3.8. The VarExport component incorrectly escapes strings, allowing some specially crafted ones to escalate to execution of arbitrary PHP code. This is related to symfony/var-exporter.
CVE-2019-18887
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-21
An issue was discovered in Symfony 2.8.0 through 2.8.50, 3.4.0 through 3.4.34, 4.2.0 through 4.2.11, and 4.3.0 through 4.3.7. The UriSigner was subject to timing attacks. This is related to symfony/http-kernel.
CVE-2019-18888
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-21
An issue was discovered in Symfony 2.8.0 through 2.8.50, 3.4.0 through 3.4.34, 4.2.0 through 4.2.11, and 4.3.0 through 4.3.7. If an application passes unvalidated user input as the file for which MIME type validation should occur, then arbitrary arguments are passed to the underlying file command. T...
CVE-2019-18889
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-21
An issue was discovered in Symfony 3.4.0 through 3.4.34, 4.2.0 through 4.2.11, and 4.3.0 through 4.3.7. Serializing certain cache adapter interfaces could result in remote code injection. This is related to symfony/cache.