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Spam-support site leaves 800 million email addresses – and more – out in the open
A huge treasure chest of email addresses and other personal data has been discovered sitting online, unprotected, and unencrypted by a security researcher. The good news is that the list has since been removed. The bad news is that the list also contained an array of other private information such as emails with phone numbers, emails with business contacts, and credit ratings. Even worse news is that the source of this information was a suspect “email authentication” outfit that helped build and verify the email lists used to fill your inbox with various spam offerings. This trove of data was discovered by Bob Diachenko, data breach analyst at SecurityDiscovery. The database contained four separate collections of data, topping off at 808,539,939 different records. “I was shocked at the massive number of emails that were publicly accessible for anyone with an internet connection,” he explained on his blog.
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