Companies Puzzled After Report Says Their Biometric Data Leaked

Bloomberg has an interesting follow-up on a headline-grabbing report from this week:

Millions of pieces of personal data, including fingerprints, may have been leaked from a cloud-based service that stores biometric data for companies and organizations worldwide, security researchers said.

Computer scientists working with software firm VpnMentor said they discovered a vulnerability in South Korean Suprema Inc.’s Biostar 2 program, which left unencrypted usernames and passwords accessible to outsiders.

However, implicated companies have expressed confusion and frustration at either being mistaken for different businesses with the same name, or simply not being told soon enough to help them avoid potential data-protection fines.

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