Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

What We Need, Now, Are Some Quick Trials and Slow Executions

A publicly-accessible database with information on roughly 80 million American households has been discovered on a Microsoft cloud server, representing more than half of the total number of U.S. households.

While at the moment there is no information pointing at who is the company who left the 24 GB worth of data exposed, vpnMentor’s research team in collaboration with hacktivists Noam Rotem and Ran Locar—who found the unprotected database on a Microsoft cloud server—are currently in the process of identifying its owner(s).
There should be some rather severe penalties for putting so much data for so many people where it can be found. "Security by obscurity" isn't a viable concept.

The names, addresses, and income information on well over a hundred million people and that just gets put on an unsecured server in a plain-text format?

Heads need to roll, and I mean that literally.



CenterPuke88 said...

I will await with baited breath the report of Brian Krebs (KrebsonSecurity) on who this was from. His blog is, in my mind, must reading for those interested in online fraud, breaches and such.

Stewart Dean said...

Byng-o. As it were.

I have been arguing with a class of 1969 classmate that a CEO/CFO that devastates industries/communities/lives is as criminal as some low life who murders. He, of course, is loaded. I am not...having done the best job of computers I knew how, while he looked out for the main change.
Taking liberty, 'there are those that kill you with a six-gun and some with a fountain pen'.
It is continuingly confounding to me that economic capital is exalted and preserved as sacred, while human capital is wasted, devalued and destroyed without a thought. How did this come to be?