The Swiss-based data company Veeam exposed more than 445 million records when it used a misconfigured MongoDB hosted on Amazon Web Services that did not require any password to access.
The 200GB open database was discovered by independent security researcher Bob Diachenko on Sept. 5. Diachenko said he immediately tried to inform Veeam about the issue, but received no response and the database remained totally open until Sept. 9 when it was locked down.
The information on the server spanned a four year period and was used by the company’s marketing team and included “the customer’s first and last name, email, email recipient type (end-customer or partner), country, attributes values (which in some cases have IP address, referrer URL address, user agent etc.), and customer organization size (Enterprise (>5000), Commercial (500-5000), SMB (<500), ENT - Enterprise),” Diachenko wrote.
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