Employment-recruitment site Ladders exposed 13M User Records
Employment-recruitment site Ladders exposed left online a misconfigured AWS-hosted database that contained 13 million user records.
Sanyam Jain, a security researcher and a member of the GDI Foundation, discovered a database belonging to the employment-recruitment site Ladders left exposed online on a misconfigured AWS-hosted database.
The archive contained 13 million user records, data related to job seekers who had signed up for the service. Exposed records included contact details, current compensation, and applicants’ employment histories.
“Ladders, one of the most popular job recruitment sites in the U.S. specializing in high-end jobs, has exposed more than 13.7 million user records following a security lapse.” reads a report published by TechCrunch.
“The New York-based company left an Amazon -hosted Elasticsearch database exposed without a password, allowing anyone to access the data.”
TechCrunch reported the discovery to company that quickly secured the database.
“AWS confirms that our AWS Managed Elastic Search is secure, and is only accessible by Ladders employees at indicated IP addresses. We will look into this potential theft, and would appreciate your assistance in doing so,” said Marc Cenedella, founder and CEO of Ladders.
Experts confirmed that the database contained years’ worth of records.
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