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12/21/2017
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US Census Bureau: Data Exposed in Alteryx Leak Already Public

The US Census Bureau says no personally identifiable information it collected was compromised in this week's Alteryx leak.

Data analytics firm Alteryx made headlines this week when UpGuard discovered a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 storage bucket exposed sensitive information of 123 million households. The leak exposed information from Experian and the US Census Bureau.

The US Census Bureau today issued a statement following reports claiming Alteryx exposed personally identifiable information (PII) collected by the Bureau. The agency said Alteryx only had access to publicly available data from census.gov, including published data from the 2010 Census.

"The company implicated had no access to PII collected by the Census Bureau, nor did the reported data leak involve Census Bureau servers or Census Bureau data stored through cloud services," the Bureau said.

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Joe Stanganelli
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12/31/2017 | 9:54:51 PM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
@Ryan: Well, they already have, as we've started to see. Whether it's enough, however, remains to be seen.
Cadopac
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12/27/2017 | 7:12:53 AM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
Agreed !
RyanSepe
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12/26/2017 | 8:49:36 AM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
@Dr T. "Secure VPC's"

My assumption is that amazon does this by default and then customers, unfortunately, reduce the security parameters. Based on earlier discussion on brand reputation I would be surprised if Amazon made customers pay more for a secure deployment.
RyanSepe
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12/26/2017 | 8:46:23 AM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
@Joe. That's a great point. Question is, what is the catalyst to start Amazon on the path of completely locking down their UI/UX from a hardening perspective? Is this exposure enough to facilitate a change?
Dr.T
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12/25/2017 | 7:15:21 PM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
Anytime Amazon sees its name in the news articles about data breaches -- even if it's "not their fault" -- it's brand damaging. That is a good point and true. Nobody wants to be in the news because of breaches.
Dr.T
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12/25/2017 | 7:13:34 PM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
Ultimately, the fault lies with the users/customers That would be the case, if system is breached because data is not encrypted at rest it, consumers and argue with that.
Dr.T
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12/25/2017 | 7:11:31 PM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
Amazon, by default, should be deploying secure VPC's. I think Amazon already provides that, it may cost the consumer tough.
Dr.T
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12/25/2017 | 7:09:50 PM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
Can someone elaborate as to if this was a fault of amazon or the company leveraging those services? That is the question in the cloud, it depends on the cloud service provider I guess
Dr.T
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12/25/2017 | 7:08:16 PM
Public data
It can be public data but if protected and accessed by hackers that would still constitute a breach and should be avoided
Joe Stanganelli
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12/23/2017 | 5:39:41 PM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
@Ryan: Since an outbreak of high-profile breaches due to misconfigured S3 buckets, Amazon has made some efforts to make things easier to configure and more transparent/visible. Ultimately, the fault lies with the users/customers -- but Amazon does bear some responsibility from a UI/UX perspective, no doubt. Anytime Amazon sees its name in the news articles about data breaches -- even if it's "not their fault" -- it's brand damaging.
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