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Data on 123 million US households found unsecured onlineThe data reveals "billions of personally identifying details ... about virtually every American household," according to UpGuard researchers.
A leak exposes 123 million U.S. households. Security researchers Up Guard Cyber Risk team found a massive database unsecured on line. The data belonged to Altric\g, a data analytics firm which is a partner of credit reporting agency Experian. Alteryx apparently purchased the data from Experian's consumer view database, which combines public and personal data. UpGuard says the exposed data reveals billions of personally identifying details and. About virtually every American household. [UNKNOWN] Director of Cyber Risk Research, Chris [UNKNOWN] found the data on an Amazon web services server on October 6th of this year. The data was easily accessible by creating an Amazon Web Services account. So what was exposed? Home addresses, contact information, financial histories, mortgage ownership, and more. Names of individuals were not in the database. Alteryx says the database is now secured and the information in the file does not pose a risk of identity theft to any consumers. Upguard does not agree. It says the data could be misused for spamming, unwanted direct marketing, fake debt collections or identity theft. Experian was quick to distance itself from the matter. Saying This is an [UNKNOWN] issue and does not involve any Experian systems. Do these leaks freak you out anymore, or are you numb to it? Let us know. For more coverage, check out CNET.com. I'm [UNKNOWN] and I'll see you online.