Security firm finds exposed customer data in backups


Bill Toulas reported the findings for Bleeping Computer:

According to a study by website security company Sansec, roughly 12% of online stores forget their backups in public folders due to human error or negligence.

The study examined 2,037 stores of various sizes and found that 250 (12.3%) exposed ZIP, SQL, and TAR archives on public web folders that can be freely accessed without requiring authentication.

Is it bad that I’m almost, kinda, sorta, relieved? I would have expected far more than 12%. But that probably says more about me.

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