A US-based data aggregator that trades people's personal information with the automotive industry and real estate companies has seemingly spilled the private information of more than 58 million people online.
A large MongoDB file – which belongs to Modern Business Solutions and containing tens of millions of records – was shared publicly on Twitter. The stolen database features email addresses, names, home addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers. Downloads of the leak have been deleted, but perhaps not before exposing people to increased risk of more convincing phishing emails or attempted ID theft scams.
Austin-based Modern Business Solutions is yet to publicly acknowledge the breach, first reported by security tools firms Risk Based Security and DataBreaches.net. El Reg has yet to receive a response to our inquiry on the matter.
Reader Dave R tipped us off about the breach, which he learned affected him personally after receiving an alert from breach notification site haveibeenpwned.com. "[I'm] pretty angry that they're just sticking their head in the sand and not telling us anything, especially when this is the 9th largest breach on haveibeenpwned."
Modern Business Solutions provides "technology and services for data owners and their partners," as the firm describes it. The outfit makes its money through ad brokering and by delivering targeted emails to subscribers. ®
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