A Washington ISP exposed the ‘keys to the kingdom’ after leaving a server unsecured

Zack Whittaker reports:

A Washington state internet provider left an unprotected server online without a password, exposing network schematics, passwords and other sensitive files for at least six months.

Worse, it took the company a week to shut off the leak, despite several phone calls and emails warning of the exposure.

The little-known internet provider, PocketiNet, may not be widely known outside the west coast but it’s a local powerhouse — providing high speed internet access to thousands of homes, local multi-national corporations, hospitals and a regional airport across the state. But the company put its customers and its network at risk after it left open an Amazon S3 storage bucket — an all too common cause of data exposures — containing tens of gigabytes of files.

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