Nov 29, 2017

Classified Pentagon data leaked on the public cloud

Classified Pentagon data was mistakenly left exposed on an unsecured public cloud server, cyber-security researchers have discovered. The 100GB of data is from a failed joint intelligence-sharing programme run by the US Army and National Security Agency in 2013. The exposed data was discovered by cyber-security company UpGuard on 27 September. The files include sensitive details about the US Department of Defense's battlefield-intelligence system, its cloud-based intelligence-gathering platform, Red Disk, and a virtual drive for receiving and transmitting classified data. "Regrettably, this cloud leak was entirely avoidable, the likely result of process errors within an IT environment that lacked the procedures needed to ensure something as impactful as a data repository containing classified information not be left publicly accessible."

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