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Tuesday December 05, 2017

Virtual Keyboard App Leaks 31 Million Users’ Personal Data

Personal data belonging to over 31 million customers of a popular virtual keyboard app has leaked online after the app's developer failed to secure the database's server, which wasn't protected with a password, allowing anyone to access the company's database of user records totaling more than 577 gigabytes of sensitive data.

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Ai.Type accidentally exposed their entire 577GB Mongo-hosted database to anyone with an internet connection. This also exposed just how much data they access and how they obtain a treasure trove of data that average users do not expect to be extracted or datamined from their phone or tablet. MongoDB is a common platform used by many well-known companies and organizations to store data, but a simple misconfiguration could allow the database to be easily exposed online.

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