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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