HCL employee, customer files found open to public

The digital solutions firm HCL left accessible information
belonging to some of its employees and customers.

The breach was first noticed by UpGuard when it came across personal
information and plaintext passwords for new hires, reports on installations of
customer infrastructure, and web applications for managing personnel. Using a keyword
search technique that trolls for exposed sensitive information UpGuard
researchers on May one found the file on various HCL domains.

“Whereas a typical data exposures involves one collection of
data, either in a single storage bucket or database, in this case the data was
spread out across multiple subdomains and had to be accessed through a web UI.
These constraints expanded the scope of analysis and limited the speed with
which the analyst could access the data,” UpGuard wrote.

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