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