Exposed Database Reportedly Found On One of MoviePass’s Subdomains – Records Included Sensitive User Information
On August 20, 2019, TechCrunch.com reported that
. . . ticket subscription service MoviePass has exposed tens of thousands of customer card numbers and personal credit cards because a critical server was not protected with a password.
Mossab Hussein, a security researcher at Dubai-based cybersecurity firm SpiderSilk, found an exposed database on one of the company’s many subdomains. The database was massive, containing 161 million records at the time of writing and growing in real time. Many of the records were normal computer-generated logging messages used to ensure the running of the service — but many also included sensitive user information, such as MoviePass customer card numbers.
These MoviePass customer cards are like normal debit cards: they’re issued by Mastercard and store a cash balance, which users who sign up to the subscription service can use to pay to watch a catalog of movies. For a monthly subscription fee, MoviePass uses the debit card to load the full cost of the movie, which the customer then uses to pay for the movie at the cinema. [Emphasis added.]
Further, TechCrunch.com reported that
[TechCrunch.com] reviewed a sample of 1,000 records and removed the duplicates. A little over half contained unique MoviePass debit card numbers. Each customer card record had the MoviePass debit card number and its expiry date, the card’s balance and when it was activated.
The database had more than 58,000 records containing card data — and was growing by the minute.
[TechCrunch] also found records containing customers’ personal credit card numbers and their expiry date — which included billing information, including names and postal addresses. Among the records [TechCrunch] reviewed, [TechCrunch] found records with enough information to make fraudulent card purchases.
Some records, however, contained card numbers that had been masked except for the last four digits.
Importantly, TechCrunch.com reported that “[i]t’s understood that the database may have been exposed for months, according to data collected by cyberthreat intelligence firm RiskIQ, which first detected the system in late June.” [Emphasis added.]
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