Feb 20, 2018

Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts

Security researchers have posted "Friendly warnings" to users of Amazon's cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public, the BBC has learned. Some just told the owners that their settings exposed data and others were more explicit in their warnings about what could happen. Security researcher Robbie Wiggins, who regularly seeks out insecure cloud systems, said he had received a range of reactions when telling an organisation that their data was wide open. Over the last 18 months, Uber, Verizon, Alteryx, the WWE, US defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, Dow Jones and three data mining companies have exposed data via misconfigured S3 buckets. A spokeswoman for Amazon said the default configuration settings on its S3 service kept data private.

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