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United States – IndieFlix

Exploit: Unsecured Database
IndieFlix: Streaming Service

Risk to Small Business: 1.603 = Severe

Another unsecured data bucket on a publicly accessible Amazon Simple Storage (S3) server is the culprit for a data breach at the streaming platform IndieFlix. The exposed data includes over 90,000 files. Some of the data includes scans of confidential motion picture acquisition agreements, tax ID requests that include filmmaker social security numbers and employer identification numbers, and detailed contact information of thousands of film professionals – plus thousands of unlocked video files of short films, movie clips, and trailers that can be accessed and downloaded by anyone with a direct link to the files.

Individual Risk: 1.599 = Severe

3,217 scans of requests for tax identification numbers that include addresses, signatures, as well as social security numbers and/or employer identification numbers of the filmmakers or their distribution agents were compromised. Film industry professionals and organizations that have signed agreements with IndieFlix or given the company their contact details between 2013 and 2016, should be aware of the potential for their data, including financial information, to be used for fraud and spear phishing attacks.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Sloppy storage causes big problems that can have a huge impact on a company’s reputation client confidence. By improving security awareness training, employees will develop better handling habits for data and passwords.