Unsecured passwords, photos, and other files found on Amazon’s cloud


By not setting their cloud storage accounts to private, businesses and developers have been inadvertently allowing unauthorized parties to retrieve sensitive documents, images and other files previously believed to be inaccessible. According to Net Security, just by probing Amazon’s S3 servers with automatically generated URLs for a number of major companies and websites, security researcher Will Vandevanter was able to discover 12,328 unique S3 “buckets,” 1,951 of which were left open to the public.

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