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Unsecured databases found leaking half a billion resumes on the net
Barely a day goes by anymore without another report of sensitive data being left accessible to anyone on Elasticsearch servers or MongoDB databases that have not been properly configured. Today is no different. As ZDNet reports, researchers have discovered several exposed servers that belong to Chinese recruitment firms. Security experts Devin Stokes, Sanyam Jain and Bob Diachenko have played a key role in uncovering many of these exposed databases, which typically contain contact details of executives hunting for new jobs alongside their current salary, career and education history, salary as well as information about their skill set and the training that they have received. Writing for ZDNet, Catalin Cimpanu calculates that the researchers’ various breach discoveries amount to a staggering 590 million resumes that have leaked from Chinese companies in just the last three months. Some may think that to have half a billion resumes accessible via the public internet isn’t that much of a problem. After all, LinkedIn claims to have 590 million users itself, many of whom will have shared details of their work and education history.
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