Bellevue, Washington-Based LocalBlox Leaves 48 Million User’s Scraped Data Fluttering In The Breeze

via the eponymous Graham Cluley, writing at the BitDefender Security Blog, discusses the incontrovertible evidence of information security incompetence exhibited by Bellevue, Washington based LocalBlox (further via Zack Whittaker of ZDNet). Of which, evidence of said incompetence (in the form of an unencryped and unencumbered-by-any-access-controls 1.2 TB+ file containing the personal details of 48 million scraped user identities the company uses to flog it’s wares) exposed by security researcher Chris Vickery. Today’s MustRead!

‘LocalBlox makes no secret of how it collects and consolidates data about individuals. Its own website explains how it “automatically crawls, discovers, extracts, indexes, maps and augments data in a variety of formats from the web and from exchange networks… LocalBlox helps companies acquire and utilize a vast amount of information from sources held captive on the web with exceptional speed and scale.” – via Graham Cluley, writing at the BitDefender Security Blog

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Infosecurity.US authored by Marc Handelman. Read the original post at: https://hotforsecurity.bitdefender.com/blog/48-million-people-put-at-risk-after-firm-that-scraped-info-from-social-networks-left-it-exposed-for-anyone-to-download-19784.html