December 7, 2019
text message leak affects hundreds of millions

‘Hundreds of Millions of People’ had their Private Text Messages Exposed Online, Researchers Warn

A database security blunder has left hundreds of millions of private SMS text messages exposed, which include sensitive information…

Security researchers are sounding the alarm bell, warning consumers that hundreds of millions of their private communications have been left open on the internet for anyone to see.

Text Message Leak Affects Hundreds of Millions of People

Online online privacy company vpnMentor says the data breach might be the fault of a Texas-based messaging service called TrueDialog.

The exposed database contained information from medical services, as well as users’ login credentials for sites such as Google and Facebook. Researchers say the information was left completely open, unprotected by any form of online security. TrueDialog, which creates text messaging solutions for small and large businesses alike, has since taken the logs offline.

The compromised text messages were also examined by publication TechCrunch, which found the information left out in the open to contain such sensitive data as phone numbers, university finance applications, job alerts, as well as other private information.

The exposure of such personal data can have long-lasting implication for potential victims, as they may become targets of identity theft, blackmail, fraud, scams, and even open up to extensive spam campaigns.

Ashley Lipman

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