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

12/21/2017
12:23 PM

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.

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
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Joe Stanganelli
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
Cadopac,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/27/2017 | 7:12:53 AM
Re: Incorrectly Configured S3 Bucket
Agreed !
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
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
50%
50%
Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
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.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/9/2020
Russian Cyber Gang 'Cosmic Lynx' Focuses on Email Fraud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  7/7/2020
Why Cybersecurity's Silence Matters to Black Lives
Tiffany Ricks, CEO, HacWare,  7/8/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-11081
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
osquery before version 4.4.0 enables a priviledge escalation vulnerability. If a Window system is configured with a PATH that contains a user-writable directory then a local user may write a zlib1.dll DLL, which osquery will attempt to load. Since osquery runs with elevated privileges this enables l...
CVE-2020-6114
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
An exploitable SQL injection vulnerability exists in the Admin Reports functionality of Glacies IceHRM v26.6.0.OS (Commit bb274de1751ffb9d09482fd2538f9950a94c510a) . A specially crafted HTTP request can cause SQL injection. An attacker can make an authenticated HTTP request to trigger this vulnerabi...
CVE-2020-15504
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
A SQL injection vulnerability in the user and admin web interfaces of Sophos XG Firewall v18.0 MR1 and older potentially allows an attacker to run arbitrary code remotely. The fix is built into the re-release of XG Firewall v18 MR-1 (named MR-1-Build396) and the v17.5 MR13 release. All other version...
CVE-2020-8190
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Incorrect file permissions in Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway before versions 13.0-58.30, 12.1-57.18, 12.0-63.21, 11.1-64.14 and 10.5-70.18 allows privilege escalation.
CVE-2020-8191
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-10
Improper input validation in Citrix ADC and Citrix Gateway versions before 13.0-58.30, 12.1-57.18, 12.0-63.21, 11.1-64.14 and 10.5-70.18 and Citrix SDWAN WAN-OP versions before 11.1.1a, 11.0.3d and 10.2.7 allows reflected Cross Site Scripting (XSS).