An unprotected database containing personal customer data of thousands of off-grid electricity customers was accessible for months.

Zack Whittaker reports:

Thousands of remote villagers in Guatemala and South Africa are living off the grid, but their personal information isn’t.

Chris Vickery, lead security researcher of the MacKeeper security research team, discovered an unprotected database with no password over two months ago. Anyone who knew the database was there could access more than 40 gigabytes of customer data.

He published his findings in a blog post.

The database, run by Guatemala-based energy startup Kingo, has exposed the personal information of more than 18,800 customers, both in its home country and in South Africa.

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