Exactis breach exposes 340m records, may compel GDPR-like regulation in US

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Exactis breach exposes 340m records, may compel GDPR-like regulation in US

An exposed database at US data broker Exactis exposed nearly 340 million records amounting to around two terabytes of information.

The exposed database, which contains details on Americans and businesses, was discovered by security researcher and Night Lion Security Founder Vinny Troia, who told Wired that it had “pretty much every US citizen in it." 

While payment information and Social Security numbers aren't included in the trove, Troia found personal information on individuals' interests and their children.

In an email, Raj Samani, McAfee Fellow, chief scientist at McAfee commented: “With the news yesterday that another breach has exposed the records of nearly every US citizen to anybody with an internet connection, it is another frightening reminder that our trust in many organisations to protect our data is clearly misplaced. 

“The personal information in these findings expose millions of people, who have likely never even heard of the firm. Moreover the leak is likely to expose the millions of data subjects to additional risks, so if consumers haven't already signed up to monitor fraudulent activity against their name, they should do so now and be extra vigilant against personalised attacks. The questions for consumers to ask now are, how did you get my data? Can you confirm I consented to this data capture and how did you take reasonable measures to protect my data?”

This article originally appeared at scmagazineuk.com

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