Estée Lauder Database of Over 400 Million Records Discovered Online by a Security Researcher
Kehoe Law Firm, P.C. is making consumers aware that siliconANGLE.com reported that “[s]ome 440 million records in a database belonging to cosmetics maker Estée Lauder Companies Inc. have been found unsecured and exposed online, potentially putting customers at risk.” According to siliconANGLE.com,
[t]he database was discovered by security researcher Jeremiah Fowler from Security Discovery Jan. 30 and publicized today. It involved 440,336,852 individual pieces of data, including plaintext email addresses, some sent from internal email addresses. It also included references to reports and internal documents as well as IP addresses, ports, pathways and storage information. [Emphasis added.]
Further, siliconANGLE.com reported:
In a statement, Estée Lauder confirmed the data exposure, saying that the database contained ‘a limited number of non-consumer email addresses from an education platform.’ It also claimed it contained no consumer data and it had found no evidence of unauthorized use.
How long the data was accessible online is unknown. Given the depth of the data exposed, the company’s claims that it contained no customer data are not reassuring. There is also a serious concern that the data, as it related to internal systems, could have been used as a secondary path for malware through which further data could be compromised. [Emphasis added.]
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