In October 2019, security researchers Vinny Troia and Bob Diachenko identified an unprotected Elasticsearch server holding 1.2 billion records of personal data. The exposed data included an index indicating it was sourced from data enrichment company People Data Labs (PDL) and contained 622 million unique email addresses. The server was not owned by PDL and it's believed a customer failed to properly secure the database. Exposed information included email addresses, phone numbers, social media profiles and job history data.
At the moment we do not know if this database is being used by cyber criminals but we have to assume that it is and you also have to assume that your details are in there so please be extra careful. We are also in the process of updating Incognito Hack Check so you can see if your email address is affected. Maybe wait until tomorrow morning and you can check.
Please let me know if you need any help in relation to this. Have a great week ahead.
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