Report: Unknown Data Breach Exposes 80 Million US Households

vpnMentor’s research team discovered a hack affecting 80 million American households.

Known hacktivists Noam Rotem and Ran Locar discovered an unprotected database impacting up to 65% of US households.

Hosted by a Microsoft cloud server, the 24 GB database includes the number of people living in each household with their full names, their marital status, income bracket, age, and more.

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The database seems to itemize households rather than individuals. It includes:

  • Full addresses, including street addresses, cities, counties, states, and zip codes
  • Exact longitude and latitude
  • Full names, including first, last, and middle initial
  • Age
  • Date of birth

Some information is included but coded (given what we assume to be an internally-assigned numerical value). This includes:

  • Title
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Income
  • Homeowner status
  • Dwelling type

The only real hint that this database belongs to some kind of service is that “member_code” and “score” each appear in every entry.

Read more on VPNMentor. They are trying to figure out who owns the database so they can notify them.

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