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4/29/2019
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Unknown, Unprotected Database Exposes Info on 80 Million US Households

A database with no login required has been found to contain names, addresses, age, and more for over 80 million U.S. households.

An unprotected database with information that could affect up to 65% of US households has been found by researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, and this time the exposed data is focused on the physical, rather than the cyber, world.

The database, which the researchers believe belong to a service of some sort, contains open information on full address, name, age, and date of birth. Coded information on topics like gender and income is also included. The one common factor in all the records? Everyone included in the database appears to be over the age of 40.

Researchers found the database during an internet-mapping project. Concern about the data's availability includes the risk of more accurate spear-phishing campaigns and physical crimes, including theft, physical assault, and intimidation. As of this article, the database is still online because the researchers have not been able to identify the owner for notification.

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RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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4/29/2019 | 10:25:55 PM
Income
The surprising piece in my mind is income....all other info you can typically find on a persons facebook page if they embrace social media or through publically accessible mediums.
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Dr.T,
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4/30/2019 | 11:25:28 AM
Re: Income
The surprising piece in my mind is income. That makes sense, all this information in one data set would creat value I would think.
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RyanSepe,
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4/30/2019 | 11:00:46 PM
Re: Income
It's amazing how many times single data sets in and of themselves are of no consequence but coupled together that they become valuable.
Dr.T
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Dr.T,
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4/30/2019 | 11:17:04 AM
Is it Microsoft?
I heard this yesterday, is it the one related to Microsoft?
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Dr.T,
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4/30/2019 | 11:20:50 AM
65%?
An unprotected database with information that could affect up to 65% of US households One wonders why there this much information in a database. And what type of database can allow public access without credentials?
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Dr.T,
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4/30/2019 | 11:22:34 AM
40 years
Everyone included in the database appears to be over the age of 40. Interesting. So data gathered is not random obviously.
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RyanSepe,
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4/30/2019 | 11:08:13 PM
Re: 40 years
Data is not random or was taken from a specific part of the database. My assumption, that the data is sorted by a certain criteria in the database and that dataset would be age. Just a theory, but otherwise it would be way too coincidental.
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4/30/2019 | 11:27:22 AM
Owner?
As of this article, the database is still online because the researchers have not been able to identify the owner for notification. That is quite strange. So we have the source but not the owner? Are they not able to trace back to account?
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RyanSepe,
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4/30/2019 | 11:02:10 PM
Re: Owner?
They definitely should be able to do so, but many times the demographic information such as data owner and custodian aren't associated. It's definitely best practice to do so and from this you can definitely see why.
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