Hackers share SQL databases from unsecured AWS buckets, including the archive belonging to the BGR tech news site in India.
Hackers are sharing SQL databases from unsecured Amazon S3 buckets, one of them belongs to the BGR tech news site in India.
BGR, aka Boy Genius Report, is a popular technology-influenced website that covers topics ranging from consumer gadgets, to entertainment, gaming, and science.
The data leak was first reported by experts from the security firm Under the Breach, the full SQL backup contains , emails, hashed passwords, and other information.
The site has about two million monthly users, it has over 210,000 followers on Twitter.
“A “full SQL dump” refers to all the posts on the site along with access credentials for authors and administrators. The potential for cybercriminal activity is obvious in this case.” reads a post on BleepingComputer.
“The researcher says that credentials were stored in hashed form, converted with a function in WordPress. In most cases, hackers pay to have the hashes cracked. On some specialized sites, this service is advertised at a reasonable price.”
According to the hackers that shared the links to the archive, the overall dump contains at least 36,000 emails and logins for the affected websites (tradinggame.au.com, in, and S3 Production). Experts found 16 SQL dumps contained in a 7 ZIP archive.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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