May 162019

Oops, I had missed this one last week.  Sergiu Gatlan reported:

An unprotected Elasticsearch cluster found via a Shodan search exposed 37,900 records of Kool King Shop customers, a French online shop specifically tailored to be used by kids who bought Burger King menus.

As Security Discovery researcher Bob Diachenko discovered after further investigation, the data was leaked because the database storing it was misconfigured, allowing anyone with an Internet connection and the knowledge to find it to get to the records stored within.


The 37,900 Kool King Shop member records contained personally identifiable information (PII) such as “emails, passwords (access to the portal), names, phones, DOB, voucher codes, links to the externally stored certificates, etc.”

Read more on BleepingComputer.

May 152019

Doug Levin kindly alerted me that the Hartford Courant has a story on the Total Registration data security incident. 

… The school officials said that Total Registration, used by the district to register students for certain exams, informed them that certain information provided by students including name, grade level, gender, date of birth, address, email address, and parent/guardian names may have been exposed, but it did not extend to credit card numbers or social security numbers.

So far, that is pretty consistent with what this site observed, although parent email addresses were also in the exposed records. But then there’s this:

The company told West Hartford school officials that they are not aware of any outsiders having access to the information that was exposed.

This site had notified Total Registration that a researcher had found their leak. And this site published some redacted screenshots, indicating that this site had at least some data or proof of leak. Does Total Registration have access logs?

Read more on Hartford Courant.


May 152019

Brad Racino and Jill Castellano report on what sounds like either willful or negligent handling of highly sensitive information of research participants bu a non-profit participating in some university-funded research.  In either event, the university was notified of a breach in October and STILL hasn’t notified the research participants with HIV whose data was available to those who never should have had access to it. That is totally unacceptable.  If ever a breach incident response deserved to be on a wall of shame, this is it. But because this is research that was not federally funded, it did not implicate HIPAA and OCR has no role or authority here, as I understand it.   The following is from the inewsource report:

University of California, San Diego officials stonewalled attempts to notify women in an HIV research study that their confidential data was breached more than seven months ago, an inewsource investigation has found.

UCSD researchers conducting the EmPower Women study told university officials in October that participants’ names, audio-taped conversations and other sensitive materials were made accessible to everyone working at Christie’s Place, a San Diego nonprofit supporting women with HIV and AIDS. They called the situation “very serious” and said the women affected are “within one of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.”

But internal emails, reports and meeting minutes chronicle months of communication between lead researcher Jamila Stockman — who pushed for telling two dozen women enrolled in the project about the breach — and UCSD officials concerned about the consequences.

UCSD partnered with Christie’s Place to recruit subjects into a study that would examine how their experiences with domestic violence, trauma, mental illness and substance abuse affected their commitment to HIV treatment. The women’s information was supposed to be kept confidential and accessible only by authorized research staff.

According to university records, the breach occurred when Christie’s Place managers intentionally stored all study information in a database it uses to track patients receiving clinical care, which can be accessed by anyone at the nonprofit, allegedly to “inflate” their patient numbers and bill San Diego County for more services. Christie’s Place denied that allegation.

In a statement, UCSD told inewsource it is working on contacting the research subjects, a process it said will begin in about one to three weeks. It blamed the delays primarily on one administrator who was put on leave.

Read more on KPBS.

May 152019

The Moscow Times is reporting:

Hundreds of thousands of Russians, including former government officials, have had their passport data posted online in the country’s latest massive data leak, the RBC news website cited new research as saying Wednesday.

The breach of at least eight government websites, analyzed by privacy expert Ivan Begtin, exposed the passport data of 360,000 people. Last month, Begtin disclosed that 2.2 million passport entries taken from online marketing websites were openly available online.

Read more on The Moscow Times. So far, I am not seeing any confirmation or discussion from U.S. news outlets.

May 132019

Roy Urrico reports:

Security researchers discovered an exposed Elasticsearch server containing up to 1.5 million Freedom Mobile users’ personal data, passwordless, and including unencrypted credit card and CVV numbers, expiration dates and verification numbers.

The five million exposed customer data logs belonged to Freedom Mobile, Canada’s fourth wireless telecommunications provider. The files, stored in plaintext, also held customer names, email and postal addresses, home and mobile phone numbers, birthdates, IP addresses connected to payment methods, customer types and account numbers. The logs also comprised credit checks filed through Equifax and other companies with details of the application results. A Freedom Mobile spokesperson for the company said the incident affected 15,000 customers.

Read more on Credit Union Times.