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5/24/2019
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First American Financial Corp. Left Mortgage Data Exposed on Website

Real estate title firm reportedly has closed a hole in its website that had left hundreds of millions of real estate tile insurance files accessible without authentication, according to KrebsOnSecurity.

The website of real estate title insurance company First American Financial Corp. left exposed bank account statements, mortgage and tax information, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver's license images, KrebsOnSecurity reported today.

Access to some 885 million mortgage-related files dating back to 2003 did not require authentication — a security hole first spotted by a real estate developer who alerted KrebsOnSecurity about the issue on firstam.com. The exposed website was disabled as of 2 p.m. ET today, according to KrebsOnSecurity.

First American sent this statement to the news site: "First American has learned of a design defect in an application that made possible unauthorized access to customer data. At First American, security, privacy and confidentiality are of the highest priority and we are committed to protecting our customers' information. The company took immediate action to address the situation and shut down external access to the application. We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information. We will have no further comment until our internal review is completed."

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Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/29/2019 | 8:32:04 AM
Re: Non denial denial
True companies have to careful but generally once the water breaks, baby is on the way out and saying possible birth is rather silly. Good point. Being realistic at least.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/29/2019 | 8:30:49 AM
Re: Non denial denial
And yet there was just article here on corporate response a week or two ago and how it is poorly managed. Agree. PR is always the hardest part after the attack.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/29/2019 | 8:29:14 AM
Re: Non denial denial
Admit nothing and deny everything right to the very end. I hear you. That is how everyone get into trouble in most cases.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/29/2019 | 8:28:19 AM
Re: Non denial denial
How about HONESTY and say we were breached, access to data was public and here is we have done and will do to protect your data in case YOU were compromised. I hear you. Hard to get information out.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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5/29/2019 | 8:26:52 AM
Unthinkable
The website of real estate title insurance company First American Financial Corp. left exposed bank account statements, mortgage and tax information, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver's license images, KrebsOnSecurity reported today. When are these people learn? Are they not following news? Do not leave anything open out in the cloud.
REISEN1955
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5/28/2019 | 1:18:13 PM
Re: Non denial denial
And yet there was just article here on corporate response a week or two ago and how it is poorly managed.  You can't have the cake and eat it too.   True companies have to careful but generally once the water breaks, baby is on the way out and saying possible birth is rather silly.  
lakers85
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lakers85,
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5/28/2019 | 11:53:36 AM
Re: Non denial denial
You can blame lawyers and our legal system (and that entails) for all of the 'alleged' instances of misconduct, malfeasance and other acts of impropriety. Admit nothing and deny everything right to the very end.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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5/28/2019 | 8:12:59 AM
Non denial denial
Possible access - gotta love use of the English language.  A broken window and door indicates it may be possible that a thief broke into my home.  Not probable, just possible.  As if that is kinda sorta not really something to worry about.  How about HONESTY and say we were breached, access to data was public and here is we have done and will do to protect your data in case YOU were compromised.  
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