The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month

So the headline’s a bit of clickbait as there’s nothing really strange going on, but it’s still a useful reminder situation…..

Simon Sharwood and Kat Hall report on a case where someone found a spread sheet exposed/indexed by Google. And although the company believed that they had gotten everything removed, weeks later it was still available. Yes, cache.

The service provider told us they also contacted Google, asking it to flush its cache so leaked data would not remain visible to the world. By January 9th, 2018, the service provider’s IT staff were satisfied that their security had been restored and the personal data was no longer available.

Sadly, they were wrong. Jeff contacted The Register in the week of February 5th and we were able to view the personal data not long afterwards.

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