SECURITY BOFFINS have uncovered a publicly-accessible MongoDB database containing a mega-trove of more than 808 million personal records.
The non-password protected 150GB instance was discovered by Security Discovery's Bob Diachenko, who determined that the records contained "a completely unique set of data".
The leak includes 798 million email records, more than 4 million email addresses with phone numbers, and more than 6 million pieces of information identified as "businessLeads."
In total, more than 808 million records were left exposed in the database, which Diachenko claims came from email marketing firm Verifications.io, which, er, specialises in validating mailing lists by sending spam messages to email accounts.
The records, which were stored in plaintext, also included information such as IP address, date of birth, addresses and gender.
"As part of the verification process I cross-checked a random selection of records with Troy Hunt's HaveIBeenPwned database. Based on the results, I came to conclusion that this is not just another ‘collection' of previously leaked sources but a completely unique set of data," explained Diachenko in a blog post.
"Although, not all records contained the detailed profile information about the email owner, a large amount of records were very detailed. We are still talking about millions of records."
In response to the mega-leak, Verifications.io stated: "After closer inspection, it appears that the database used for appends was briefly exposed. This is our company database built with public information, not client data."
However, given it quickly yanked its database offline, Diachenko wasn't so convinced.
"…so why close the database and take the site offline if it indeed was "public"? In addition to the email profiles this database also had access details and a user list of (130 records), with names and credentials to access FTP server to upload / download email lists (hosted on the same IP with MongoDB)," he said.
"We can only speculate that this was not meant to be public data." µ
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But it might still not be enough to make virtual reality super appealing
And a ridiculous competition
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