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.

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Source: ZDNet