Data Leaks of the Week – March 29, 2019


Avatar CybelAngel • March 29, 2019

A curated list of the top stories of the week concerning data leaks and digital threats.

Guilty by association: The reality of online retail third-party data leaks

By ZackOhad Greenshpan, March 26, 2019, TedCrunch

While online retail activity continues to accelerate, the risks involved with online retail, for both brands and consumers, have never been greater. The retail industry suffered more data breach incidents in 2017 than any other sector. Notorious for poor application security, the retail industry is ranked 17th of 18 measured sectors by the 2018 Retail Cybersecurity Report.

A family tracking app was leaking real-time location data

By Zack Whittaker, March 24, 2019, TedCrunch

Family Locator, an app allowing families to track each other in real-time, was leaking the real-time locations of more than 238,000 users for weeks. A security researcher and a member of the GDI Foundation found the database and reported the findings to TechCrunch. At the origin of this breach, a developer left a server exposed without a password.

FEMA exposes sensitive data of 2.3 million disaster survivors

By Lisa Vaas, March 26, 2019, Naked Security

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) exposed highly sensitive personal data belonging to 2.3 million people who needed hotel lodging following the 2017 wildfires in California and that same year’s trio of hurricanes: Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Nokia in damage-control mode following Chinese data-leak probe

By Samuel Stolton, March 25, 2019, Euractiv

Nokia mistakenly exposed customer data, the European telecom giant has admitted, following the announcement of an investigation by a Finnish data protection watchdog into the allegations of a possible breach of data rules.

Rela, a Chinese lesbian dating app, exposed 5 million user profiles

By Zack Whittaker March 29, 2019, Tedcrunch

In China, a popular dating app for gay and queer women has exposed millions of user profiles and private data. Each record included personal information and geolocalisation.

61 percent of CISOs believe employees have leaked data maliciously

By Ian Barker, March 26, 2019, Betanews

According to a new study from a data security company, 79% of IT leaders believe that employees have put company data at risk accidentally in the last 12 months, and 61% believe they have done so maliciously.

Medical center data leak may have exposed 45K patients

By Lisa Schencker, March 20, 2019, Government Technology

A file shared by an employee of Chicago Rush Medical Center’s billing processing vendors may have exposed the personal information of thousands of patients. The breach is the latest in what has been a continuing pattern of data security problems at hospitals across the nation.


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