Misconfigured cloud security exposes highly sensitive data

Synopsis

In September 2017, a security researcher discovered hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive client and company data exposed when the consulting giant accidentally left four of its AWS S3 buckets open to the public.

The unprotected information included secret API data, passwords (in one backup database, nearly 40,000 passwords were stored and the majority were in plain text), certifications, description keys and general customer information. Effectively, anyone with an AWS account could have accessed / downloaded the information with a simple keyword search.

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