1.5 billion sensitive files exposed by misconfigured servers, storage and cloud services

Researchers have discovered over 1.5 billion sensitive files including payroll information, credit card details, medical data, and patents for intellectual property are exposed online, putting consumers and businesses at risk of theft, cybercrime, and espionage. But the information exposed online — which amounts to a total of 12,000 terabytes of data — isn’t there as a result of hacking or other cybercriminal activity, it has been stored in publicly available locations ranging from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets, rysnc, SMB and FTP servers, misconfigured websites, and unsecured NAS drives.

In just the first three months of 2018, a total of 1,550,447,111 exposed files have been detected by researchers at Digital Shadows, who outlined the findings in a new report. While data has been left exposed by organisations in almost all countries around the world, it’s the US that is the country most affected by the problem, with 239,607,590 files exposed, accounting for 16 percent of the total.

Read more about the discovery of vast amounts of easily accessible sensitive data by Digital Shadows on ZDNet.

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