1.2B Records Exposed in Massive Server Leak

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Security researchers have discovered an unsecured server containing 4 terabytes of personal data — 1.2 billion records in total — exposed and easily accessible online, Wired reported today.

The open server held profiles of hundreds of millions of people. Leaked data includes home and cellphone numbers; social media profiles for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Github; work histories seemingly pulled from LinkedIn; nearly 50 million unique phone numbers; and 622 million unique email addresses. It didn’t contain sensitive data such as credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, or passwords, which are considered relatively more valuable to attackers.

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It seems this trove of information is made up of four separate datasets. Of these, three had labels indicating they were from People Data Labs, a data broker claiming to sell information on more than 1.5 billion people, including billions of email addresses and Facebook URLs and IDs.

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