November 25, 2019
Profiles of 1.2 billion individuals were left exposed on a single server that contained everything from social media accounts to phone numbers and email addresses.
The data trove contained millions of social media profiles, nearly 50 million phone numbers and 622 million email addresses – making it one of the largest leaks from a single source in history.
The leak was discovered by a dark web researcher who said the server shared enough information that hackers could easily impersonate the victims online.
Vinny Troia made the discovery in October while looking for exposures with fellow security researcher Bob Diachenko on the web scanning services BinaryEdge and Shodan, as first reported on by Wired.
‘This is the first time I’ve seen all these social media profiles collected and merged with user profile information into a single database on this scale,’ Troia told Wired.
‘From the perspective of an attacker, if the goal is to impersonate people or hijack their accounts, you have names, phone numbers, and associated account URLs.’
This article was posted: Monday, November 25, 2019 at 5:45 am