Data leaks expose private information without being hacked

Thirteen million MacKeeper users; 3.3 million Hello Kitty fans; 191 million U.S. voters.

Recently, those people’s names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, among other personal details, were found on the Internet because of leaky databases. The number of those affected is astounding — made especially terrifying by the fact the data are out there, no hacking required.

“There are tons of these things just sitting out there with no authentication, no password,” said Chris Vickery, the security researcher who discovered those leaks. “You just punch in the IP address and, boom, it’s all there.” Continue…