123 million US household's data exposed by data analytics company

Synopsis

In December 2017, the data analytics firm was discovered to be inadequately protecting the personal information of over 120 million American households. The company had purchased this data from a credit reporting agency and stored the data in an open AWS cloud storage bucket. Meaning that the URL was all that anyone with an AWS account needed to access peoples’ private information.

It has been put forward that the impact of this breach could be substantial due to the nature of the information exposed and available to potential cybercriminals.

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