Friday, May 24, 2024

Bangladesh IT Provider Database Compromise: 95k Email Addresses Leaked

Tappware, a prominent IT service provider, faced a breach when approximately 50GB of its database was leaked on a hacker forum.

This database contained 2.3 million rows of data, including sensitive personal information such as names, addresses, and phone numbers of individuals associated with the company.

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Nature of the Leak

According to the Bangladesh Cyber Security Intelligence (BCSI) reports, the leaked data, structured in SQL format and dated 2024, included a wide range of personal details, posing a substantial privacy risk to the individuals involved.

The exposure was discovered during routine monitoring activities on platforms commonly used by cybercriminals to trade stolen data.

The leaked data, structured in SQL format
The leaked data, structured in SQL format

The leak directly threatens the privacy and security of thousands of individuals, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud.

This incident underscores the need for robust cybersecurity defenses to protect against unauthorized data access and prevent future breaches.

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Tappware faces potential reputational harm, affecting customer trust and business operations.

There is a risk of legal consequences and regulatory scrutiny due to non-compliance with data protection laws, which mandate stringent security measures to protect personal information.

Mitigation Strategies

Tappware should promptly activate its incident response plan, including identifying the breach’s scope, securing any vulnerabilities, and mitigating ongoing risks.

A comprehensive audit is crucial to uncover security weaknesses and implement corrective measures to protect data.

Enhancing the cybersecurity knowledge base of all employees will help prevent future incidents, particularly those stemming from human error.

Implementing MFA across all critical systems can significantly reduce the risk of unauthorized access.

This incident serves as a critical reminder of the vulnerabilities inherent in managing large sets of personal data and the continuous need for advanced security measures to protect against evolving cyber threats.

Tappware must take decisive actions to address the breach and prevent future occurrences, restoring trust and ensuring compliance with global data protection standards.

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Divya
Divya
Divya is a Senior Journalist at GBhackers covering Cyber Attacks, Threats, Breaches, Vulnerabilities and other happenings in the cyber world.

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Key takeaways include:

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  • A brute force ATO (Account Takeover) attack on API
  • A DDoS attack on an API
  • Positive security model automation to prevent API attacks

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