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    Backup Error Exposes 1.37 Billion-Record Spamming Database

    One of the world’s allegedly most prolific spamming operations inadvertently left backup databases accessible online, exposing upwards of 1.37 billion records and a raft of internal company information. Chris Vickery, a security researcher who works for the anti-virus company MacKeeper, discovered the databases, which belong to a US-based email and SMS marketing company called River […]

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    Emory Healthcare Database Breach: What Happened?

    An attack on a database used by Emory Healthcare for patient appointments is the largest health data breach reported to federal regulators so far in 2017. The incident, which exposed data on almost 80,000 individuals, seems to spotlight a persistent problem facing a growing number of organizations that use misconfigured MongoDB and other similar databases, […]

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    Cloudflare Coding Error Spills Sensitive Data

    A well-known Google security researcher discovered that Cloudflare was exposing chat messages, encryption keys, cookies, password manager data, hotel bookings and more. The content delivery network quickly confirmed the finding, traced it to a coding error involving just a single wrong character and put related remediations in place. But the leaked data had been cached […]

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    Bitcoin Exchange Crackdown: Two Employees Plead Guilty

    A Florida man is the latest to plead guilty to helping operate an unlicensed bitcoin exchange as part of a wide-ranging case that prosecutors say involves three men charged with running a massive pump-and-dump stock scheme that involved hacking into multiple financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase. Ricardo Hill, 38, appeared Jan. 17 in Manhattan court […]