Exploit: Unsecured Database
MyCastingFile.com: Entertainment Staffing Platform
Risk to Small Business: 1.643 = Severe
Researchers discovered an unsecured Elasticsearch database owned by MyCastingFile.com and filled with information about clients of the casting agency, including current and aspiring actors. It’s estimated that the breach started on May 31 and wasn’t addressed until mid-June. The New Orleans based company acted quickly after they were informed of the problem, but still suffered a breach estimated to be 1GB in size, with over 260,000 user profiles leaked of clients, actors, and members of staff, including minors.
Individual Risk: 2.349 = Severe
The leak included names, physical addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, work histories, dates of birth, height and weight, ethnicity, and physical descriptions. Anyone with a profile at the platform should be alert for potential identity theft and spear phishing attempts.
Customers Impacted: 260,000
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Failure to secure a database is a rookie move, and no company’s clients are going to look at that kindly – especially when that failure involved children. Customers today are concerned about data privacy, and more aware of Dark Web danger than they used to be – and they will not want to continue doing business with companies that can’t keep their information safe.