Breach Brief – Verifications.IO Exposes 2B Records!

Published On April 10, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs

Data has become like so much air. It’s everywhere. With that being said we’d like to report that Verifications.IO has dropped another 2 billion on us.

The company is an email verification service used by marketers. Marketers provide Verifications.IO with email addresses to screen and validate before launching an email marketing campaign. Apparently Verifications.io has been collecting public contact information and private financial data for customer profiles. This includes mortgage data and credit score information.

There is no evidence that the records were actually stolen or used by criminals. Instead the records were found sitting in a data base, unsecured, unencrypted, and available to anyone.

Bleeping Computer reported that an unprotected MongoDB database was discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko. Diachenko determined the data was new and not from a previous breach and traced the data back to Verifications.IO

While researchers found no evidence passwords or social security numbers were compromised in the data breach information contained in the data breach include;

Email addresses connected to social media profiles
Full names
Physical addresses
Phone numbers
Date of birth
IP addresses
Mortgage amounts and interest rates
Estimates of credit scores

Security researcher Bob Diachenko, says that “although not all records contained the detailed profile information about the email owner, a large amount of records were very detailed.”

At the time of this report Verifications.IO was offline with no information when the site would return.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle.com. Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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