Baby’s First Data Breach: App Exposes Baby Photos, Videos
Jeremy Kirk reports on a data leak:
Picture this: A short video features a bundled baby, snoring gently, who flashes a couple of involuntary, sleepy smiles as someone sings a lullaby.
Unfortunately, that video is one of what appear to be thousands of baby videos and images that are being left unsecured and exposed to the internet by Peekaboo Moments, a mobile app. That’s because the app’s developer, Bithouse Inc., has left an Elasticsearch database open on the internet, warns Dan Ehrlich, who runs Austin, Texas-based computer security consulting firm Twelve Security.
Read more on GovInfoSecurity.
While this might be baby’s first breach for these babies, it is not the first time we have seen a data leak involving newborn information and images, as I reported in this leak in 2018. And of course, there have been any number of actual breaches involving babies’ information and social security numbers. Don’t wait until your child is older to start searching online to see if their information shows up anywhere where it shouldn’t.