One of the biggest breaches of databases happened recently – personal information on nearly 50 thousand users was stolen and replaced by random files with instructions on how to get the data back. Even those, users who paid never got their information back. Why? Because it is not beneficial to other hackers – if you pay to one of them another one will make their own demands.
All these problems are associated with an online database platform MongoDB. Lots of companies use it to store the personal information of users, but it is very easy to hack and to make it accessible to everyone. If a company installs it on a server with a default setting anyone can see it and even change something, so it regularly causes data breaches.
On the Internet, you can find a lot of really sad stories about data breaches because of inappropriate installation. Every time the number of victims is impressive. The last time it was 1.5 million users. Even now you can find more than 52 thousand databases open to public access, because of the incorrect use of MongoDB platform. When you open those files hackers can find an email, name or even a bitcoin address and demand a payment. Research has shown that more than 30 000 databases were erased and replaced by hacker’s requests.
Unfortunately, most victims don’t know what’s happened to them or what they need to do. They won’t get personal data back by satisfying the requirements of hackers.
So remember this simple truth – in one day someone will try to hack you and your personal data. Do not trust it to the companies if you don’t know anything about their security system because this can lead to irreversible consequences. Also, you can protect your PC from any viruses which can steal your information and make your system vulnerable by using a powerful protection. GridinSoft offers effective tools to keep your system safe.
GridinSoft Journalist. We write about cybersecurity and privacy, striving to provide readers the latest news of this field and useful tips to keep their data safe in this joyful, but dangerous modern world of the web.