News and Updates on Information Technology

Sweden – Panion

Exploit: Unsecured Database
Panion: Social Media App

Risk to Small Business: 2.337 = Severe

Swedish social media app Panion committed an unfriendly blunder by failing to secure an AWS bucket, leaving personal information for its users exposed. All told, about 2.5 million user records were exposed. The data included full names, email addresses, genders, interests, location coordinates, and last login dates, as well as selfies and document photos.

Individual Risk: 2.227 = Severe

Users should be aware that their location data has been exposed, as well as personal information that can empower spear phishing attacks or other crimes.

Customers Impacted: 2 million

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Don’t make rookie mistakes. Companies that leave databases open tell their clients that they’re not committed to using cybersecurity best practices, making clients less likely to do business with them.