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Location data leaks from family tracking app database
An app called Family Locator, which allows family members to keep track of one another recently experienced an exposed database issue of the worst kind. Specifically: the MongoDB database was left exposed with no password, like so many other recent infosec tales of woe. The end result is the location of about 280,000 users leaking in real time. For a location tracking app that also includes information about children, this is quite the error. Map views, family maps, and push notifications to let you know where everybody is all sound great—until random people also potentially have access to it. This is the fate handed to Family Locator these past few days, although nobody knows how long the sensitive data has been exposed. What was leaked? The Family Locator database records held names, email, plain text passwords, and photographs, along with coordinates tied to user-allocated names, such as office, home, and condo. As per the TechCrunch report, none of it was encrypted, a misstep repeated by Facebook last week.
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