April 09, 2017

"A trove of records containing personal and health information on close to a million people was exposed after a former developer working at a telemarketing company uploaded a backup of its database to the internet."

zd net: The backup database of 918,000 people belongs to a Baco Raton, Fla.-based telemarketing company, HealthNow Networks (not affiliated with the BlueCross BlueShield), which provides medical supplies and equipment to mostly older patients who rely on diabetic support. By Zack Whittaker

'The database was initially found on March 25 by a Twitter user named "Flash Gordon" on an Amazon Web Services instance at an IP address that was found on Shodan, a search engine for open ports and databases.

'The data contained personal and health-related information, such as names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers, health insurance information, and other data relating to the types of health problems the individuals have regarding the products they need, though many of the records were truncated or incomplete.'

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