Microsoft cloud server data breach exposes data of millions

Rabia Noureen avatar. By: Rabia Noureen
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Israel-based security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar recently identified an unsecured database issue that exposed sensitive data of 80 million US households. 

The researchers revealed that the attackers targeted the 24 GB database to access data of millions of individuals.

Data included their names, income, age, marital status, date of birth, gender, complete address (state, country, city etc).

The research company stated that it was working on “a huge web mapping project” at the time it discovered the database. Most of the times, it is pretty easy to spot anyone who owned the database and failed to properly secure it.

However, this time around, the researchers failed to identify the culprit involved in leaving the database unprotected. 

The cloud server was in fact owned by Microsoft. The tech giant quickly took action and remove the affected database.

Some reports suggest that Microsoft knows the owner and it is collaborating with them to secure the respective database.

The researchers further revealed many such unsecured databases were involved in exposing sensitive user details.

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What does it mean to you?

This incident indicates that companies need to take additional security measures to secure users’ data. Today, more and more companies are opting for cloud-based systems.

However, most of them do not pay attention to security. It might be due to lack of investment, but companies should understand the potential risks are there.

Right now, it looks like we will have to wait until more details regarding the issue are available.

As always, be careful and don’t click on links received through anonymous emails. Clicking on such links can expose your personal data to hackers. The information can then be accessed via ingenious phishing attacks.



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