Garmin-owned navigation unit exposed thousands of boat owners’ data

Zack Whittaker reports:

Navionics, an electronic navigational chart maker owned by tech giant Garmin, has secured an exposed database that contained hundreds of thousands of customer records.

The MongoDB database wasn’t secured with a password, allowing anyone who knew where to look to access and download the data.

The company’s main products give boat, yacht and ship owners better access to real-time navigation charts, and boasts the “world’s largest cartography database.”

Bob Diachenko,’s newly appointed director of cyber risk research, said in a blog post that the 19 gigabyte database contained 261,259 unique records, including customer names and email addresses.

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