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1.2 billion records uncovered in unsecured database

Security scientists found an unprotected server that uncovered 1.2 billion records of individual information, including email addresses, employers, areas, job titles, names, telephone numbers and web based life profiles, as per a notice sent Friday to individuals influenced by the exposure.

“In October 2019, security researchers Vinny Troia and Bob Diachenko identified an unprotected Elasticsearch server,” as per the email. “The exposed data included an index indicating it was sourced from data enrichment company People Data Labs and contained 622 million unique email addresses.”

The information had been amassed by PDL, however the email included that PDL didn’t possess the server. Or maybe, a client likely “failed to properly secure the database.”

The exposure was dated Oct. 16.

PDL didn’t quickly react to a request for comment. The company’s LinkedIn profile says it has a “dataset of 1.5 billion unique person profiles to build products, enrich person profiles, power predictive modeling/AI, analysis, and more.”

PDL is situated in San Francisco and notices working with companies including eBay and Adidas “as their engineering focused people data partner.”

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