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Unsecured Database of Car Buyers Found Online

September 25, 2019

Last week, an unsecured database that contained the personal information of millions of potential car buyers was found online unprotected. Not a week goes by without stories of data breaches and leaks of this sort – cyber security clearly needs to be taken more seriously.

Unsecured Database of Car Buyers Found Online

Unsecured database exposes details

This unsecured database turned out to belong to Dealersleads.com. A security expert discovered the 413GB database and alerted the company. The database had over 198 million records. It contained personal information such as names, email addresses, phone numbers and street addresses.

The entirely unsecured database was available on the hosting site Elastic for anyone to access. It is the kind of database that are a hacker’s dream. From the data available they can build all types of phishing and identity theft scams. It’s unclear if those affected have been notified to the potential data breach as of yet.

Cloud encryption a necessity

Once the unsecured database was notified to the company, it got updated with password protection. That is a step in the right direction. The complete absence of any defense beforehand is very worrying. Security wasn’t a priority for the database when it should always be.

That mindset needs to change. Organizations need to make cyber security a consideration in all their decisions, operations and infrastructure. Global Data Sentinel provides organizations with a cyber security ecosystem that takes no chances with their data. At all times, data remains protected.

Data, whether stored on local servers or in the cloud needs encryption protection. Global Data Sentinel gives organizations the tools to bring the best encryption and identity management to all their operations. Find out more here.