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Unsecured Survey Database Exposes Info of 8 Million People

An unsecured database has exposed the personal information of 8 million people from the U.S. who participated in online surveys, sweepstakes, and requests for free product samples.

The way these types of sites work is you are offered free product samples, a chance to enter a sweepstake, or a prize for filling out a survey. In order to take advantage of these offers, though, you will be required to provide your personal information, which will then be used in later marketing campaigns or for lead generation.

Sanyam Jain, an independent security researcher and member of the GDI Foundation, discovered an unsecured Elasticsearch database that exposed the personal information of 8 million people who submitted entries to these types of sites.

Read more at Bleeping Computer

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