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Pdl Customer Breach

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Last Updated: 02 July 2021

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Security researchers find unprotected server that expose 1. 2 billion records of personal data, including email addresses, employers, locations, job titles, names, phone numbers and Social media profiles, according to notification sent Friday to people affected by exposure. In October 2019, Security researchers Vinny Troia and Bob Diachenko identified an unprotected Elasticsearch server, according to email. Expose Data includes an index indicating it was source from Data enrichment company People Data Labs and contains 622 million unique email addresses. Data had been aggregated by PDL, but the email added that PDL didn't own a server. Rather, customers likely fail to properly secure database. PDL didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. The company's LinkedIn profile says it has a dataset of 1. 5 billion unique person profiles to build products, enrich person profiles, power predictive modeling / AI, analysis, and more. PDL is based in San Francisco and mentions working with companies including eBay and Adidas as their engineering focus People Data partner.

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Data Broker Sources

Much of my exposed data appears to have been taken from LinkedIn, but that company's terms stipulate that it's forbidden to scrape data from its website. LinkedIn confirmed it has no relationship with PDL, nor other brokers potentially catch up in this exposed database. According to the spokesperson, company's investigation indicates that a third-party company has exposed set of data aggregate from several websites, including information copied from LinkedIn public profiles. When anyone tries to take member data and use it for purposes, LinkedIn and its members do agree to, we take action to stop them. You can take a few steps to try and protect yourself from such data collection, says Suranga Seneviratne, computer Security lecturer at University of Sydney. He suggests not displaying personally identifiable information like phone numbers or email addresses on publicly-facing websites, for example. It's also important to check privacy settings on sites you use, as often data about you is simply sold rather than scrap. Ultimately, though, Dr Seneviratne argues it's not something individual can solve. After all, this is data you may have willingly shared for one purpose, now being used for another without your knowledge. Until it turned up on Have I Been Pwned. It's quite difficult to identify these service providers, and also quantify and measure what they are doing, he say. Rather, we need legal and infrastructural change to protect our data at industry level. Or stop them collecting it at all. Some argue it should be no surprise that data which is already publicly available on services like LinkedIn is aggregated and expose. But Mr Hunt disagrees his own information was caught in this leak. The average person is proceeding on the assumption that when they give their personal information to an organisation, it will be respect, it will be secure properly, he say.


How to find a data breach

Leaks like PDL one are commonplace and they have existed since the internet was create. In 2016, 164 million account credentials were stolen from LinkedIn, including passwords that were leaked on Deep Web. The number of data breaches this year has exceeded 2018. And individual leaks are growing. Troy Hunt, who runs Data tracking exposure service HaveIBeenPwned observed that we are seeing more data than ever being circulate, from both new breaches and duplication of previous breaches. The increase in data leaks is the result of change of law which now require companies to declare data leaks in line with EU GDPR Regulation, as well as proliferation in the amount of online data available and growing hacker abilities.

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Liability and Privacy Concerns

While the incident is not Data Breach per se, IT brings up two different concerns. First, what liability do data originators have to people whose profiles were expose? And two, even though information is aggregated from allegedly public sources, what does this kind of data enrichment mean from a privacy perspective? To first concern, Kelly White, CEO AT RiskRecon, believes that lead-generation companies are on the hook for exposure. Datais easily and perfectly replicable, she says via email. Every location where assets exist must be known and protect. This requires that purveyors of sensitive data know their customers well and for what purpose they will use data. Regulators are increasingly holding original aggregators of sensitive data responsible for protection of sensitive information, regardless of where IT is stored or with whom they share IT with. As such, while the originator of this data may not have been Breach, they will likely suffer blowback. Diachenko takes a similar view: One could argue that because PDL data was mis-use, IT is up to them to notify their customers. To second concern, privacy implications around rich personal profiles continue to be a source of discussion. Collect Information on a single person CAN include information such as household sizes, finances and income, political and religious preferences, and even people prefer social activities, note Diachenko and Troia, in their posting. Worryingly, some of that information CAN come from sources that are decidedly not public. For instance, one of the phone numbers returned for Diachenkos profile was an old landline that came as part of the AT & T TV bundle. Landline was never used and never give to anyone-I never actually owned a phone, yet somehow this information appeared in my profile, he say. The most famous example of mis-use of such profiling is the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which Facebook allowed third-party applications to hand over data of up to 50 million platform users to the company. That was then combined with other data to create highly detailed profiles that the Trump campaign used to micro-target population segments with 2016 election messaging. This latest revelation of the breadth of such data-enrichment underscores that even after Cambridge Analytica, privacy practices have not moved forward, Diachenko note. Due to the sheer amount of personal information include, combined with complexities identifying data owner, this has the potential to raise questions about the effectiveness of our current Privacy and Breach notification laws, he say. Mimecasts Wearn agree: this particular breach highlights trade in personal details which take place and inherent risks to this normalized and relatively uncontrolled practice, he say. Due to its scale, IT will undoubtably add to calls for better regulation and security in relation to storage of personal data.

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12/3/2019 Initial Info:

Financial Data breaches occur when companies expose financial information like your credit card or bank card account information. If a cybercriminal uses your PII such as your Social Security Number for financial gain, youre victim of financial Identity Theft. Using a combination of your name and other personal information, fraudsters may fill out applications for loans, credit cards, or bank accounts or withdraw money from your accounts. Possible crimes might include credit card Fraud, bank Fraud, computer Fraud, wire Fraud, mail Fraud, and employment Fraud. Victims of financial data breaches can take steps to help protect themselves against financial fraud and Identity theft, and help prevent fraudsters from successfully using expose personal information. Your first step? Contacting the source of the leak is the first step. Confirm there was a breach at company and find out if your information or online account was access. Heres example. The Capital One Data breach, announced on July 29 2019, potentially compromise information of 106 million consumers. Capital One has confirmed IT has notified by mail all individuals whose Social Security numbers or linked bank accounts were accessed during the data breach. No credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromise. The government has stated they believe data has been recovered and that there is no evidence data was used for fraud or share. Even so, when a financial data breach is announce, consider being proactive and contacting the breach organization directly to see if your data was included in accessed information. Its important to act quickly to seek this information. One reason why? If you do, you might receive false information from scammers pretending to be breach financial company and trying to get more of your information. To help be inform, it is a good idea to directly contact the breach company. Find out what information was expose. It is easy to replace credit or debit card, if that only data that was leak. But if your Social Security Number and other sensitive data like your bank account information and passwords have been steal, all that data could make it easier for thieves to use your identity to commit fraud in your name. Hackers in the Capital One Data breach gain access to victims ' names, addresses, birth dates, email addresses and, in some cases, credit scores, credit limits, payment history, and balances. The information exposed includes approximately 80 thousand linked bank account numbers and 140 000 Social Security numbers. Any financial breach in which large amount of sensitive information is exposed could increase the risk of identity theft for months or years to come. Whether its bank, credit card company, or other financial services company, breach company might offer ways to help protect you against Identity Theft. Consider taking IT. If your personal identifiable information and Social Security Number were expose, monitoring your credit and finances would be important. In some cases, victims will be offered free credit monitoring and Identity Theft protection services.

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How Does Data Enrichment Work?

For a very low price, data enrichment companies allow you to take a single piece of information on a person, and expand that user profile to include hundreds of additional new data points of information. As seen with Exactis data breach, collected information on a single person can include information such as household sizes, finances and income, political and religious preferences, and even people prefer social activities. Each time a company chooses to enrich user profile, they also agree to provide what they know about person to enrich the organization. Despite efforts from social media organizations like Facebook, resulting data continues to be compound, creating a situation with no oversight that ultimately allows all persons social and personal information to be easily downloaded


The PDL Data breach in brief

Investigate what company information is available on Dark Web. Infinity Group has a scanning tool that can crawl Dark Web and list all company credentials available on there. Implement strict password policy across company Undertake Cyber Security Training to educate employees about risks Write your Cyber Security strategy / review your existing Undertake Cyber Security audit of your current setup-make improvements Implement relevant tools within your setup-eg. Cisco Firewalls Achieve Cyber Essentials framework-gain certification to secure your business and demonstrate to your customers that you are committed to Cyber Security. If you would like to find out more about our Dark Web monitoring, Cyber Essentials Certifications or require specialist IT Consultancy, please get in touch.

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The Open Elasticsearch Server

Security researchers discovered an open Elasticsearch server that contains unique data records of around 1. 2 billion users. According to Security analysts Bob Diachenko and Vinny Troia, servers hold more than 4 terabytes of data, without password protection or authentication. Expose Data includes names, email addresses, phone numbers, LinkedIn, and Facebook profile information. It is believed that expose Data appears to have originated from two different Data enrichment companies, namely People Data Labs and OxyData. Io. Data discovered on the open Elasticsearch server was an almost complete match to data being returned by People Data Labs API. The only difference being data returned by PDL also contain education histories. There was no education information in any of the data downloaded from the server. Everything else was the same, including accounts with multiple email addresses and multiple phone numbers, researchers say in a statement. Analysis of the OXY database reveals an almost complete scrape of LinkedIn Data, including recruiter information. Upon contacting OxyData, I was also informed that the server did not belong to them. OXY was not willing to give me access to their API to test / compare profiles, but they were nice enough to send me a copy of my own record for analysis. The data they send contains mostly scrap LinkedIn profiles and appear to be match for data, statement add. Multiple security incidents were reported on Elasticsearch servers earlier. Recently, almost everyone in Ecuador has become the victim of a massive data breach that exposed personal information of over 20 million individuals, including the countrys president and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was granted asylum by Ecuador in 2012. Security firm vpnMentor discovered a breach on Miami-base Elasticsearch server owned by Ecuadorian company Novaestrat. It said that exposed data appears to have come from various sources, including Ecuadorian national bank, Ecuadorian government registries, and an automotive association called Aeade. Also, unprotected Elasticsearch database exposes around 198 million personal records of car buyers online. Jeremiah Fowler, Security researcher AT Security Discovery, state that he discovered a database, that contained 413 GB of data, that was left online without any password protection.

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Who is Accountable?

PDL cofounder Sean Thorne told Wire that his company doesn't own server that host exposed data. He said the owner of the server likely uses one of our enrichment products, along with a number of other data enrichment or licensing services. OxyData also denies ownership of data. Troia said he believes both claims. Neither firm dismisses the possibility that one of its customers mishandle their data. Troia concludes that the quantity of exposed information, paired with difficulty in determining who is accountable for exposure, raises several questions. Due to the sheer amount of personal information include, combined with complexities identifying data owner, this has potential to raise questions on effectiveness of our current privacy and breach notification laws, he say.

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500px

Popular photo-sharing service 500px has announced that IT was the victim of a hacking back in 2018 and that personal data was exposed for all roughly 14. 8 million accounts that exist at time. In an email sent out to users and an announcement posted to its website, 500px states that it was only on February 8 2019, that its team learned of unauthorized intrusion into its system that occurred on or around July 5 2018. Personal Data that may have been stolen by intruders includes first and last names, usernames, email addresses, password hashes, location, birth date, and gender. At this time, there is no indication of unauthorized access to your account, and no evidence that other data associated with your user profile was affect, such as credit card information, if used to make any purchases, or any other sensitive personal information, 500px say. The company has reset all 500px account passwords, so to get back into your account youll need to pick a new one using the recovery Email system. We recommend you change your password on any other website or app on which you use a password that is same as or similar to your password for your 500px account, 500px say. If you wish to delete your account in response to this data breach, 500px has an outlined process for doing so here. We take security of your information extremely seriously, and we sincerely apologize with regret that this issue occur, 500px say. Going forward, we will continue to enhance our security measures to help keep your data safe, as well as implement additional measures to help prevent this type of incident from reoccurring.

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