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[Slashdot] - Mystery Data Breach Dubbed 'db8151dd' Exposes Records of 22 Million People

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from 9to5Mac: A massive data breach dubbed db8151dd has exposed the records of 22M people -- including addresses, phone numbers, and social media links. But the source of the data is a mystery. I got an email alert this morning from the haveibeenpwned.com site telling me that my details were included. The exposed data appears extensive: "Email addresses, Job titles, Names, Phone numbers, Physical addresses, Social media profiles." However, Troy Hunt, who runs the site, said that nobody has been able to identify where the information came from. That 'interesting' data appears to come from customer relationship management (CRM) systems, including things like: "Recommended by Andie [redacted last name]. Arranged for carpenter apprentice Devon [redacted last name] to replace bathroom vanity top at [redacted street address], Vancouver, on 02 October 2007." Best guess is it's some kind of aggregated data from a number of sources, but as neither Hunt nor other information security professionals have been able to identify any of them despite attempts lasting almost three months, it appears the details of the privacy breach may remain a mystery. Hunt says there's almost 90GB of personal information in the open database. "Back in Feb, Dehashed reached out to me with a massive trove of data that had been left exposed on a major cloud provider via a publicly accessible Elasticsearch instance. It contained 103,150,616 rows in total," writes Hunt. "The global unique identifier beginning with 'db8151dd' features heavily on these first lines hence the name I've given the breach. I've had to give it this name because frankly, I've absolutely no idea where it came from, nor does anyone else I've worked on with this."

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