A hacker is currently affairs a huge database of 49 amateur business contacts on a underground hacking forum, ZDNet has learned.
The hacker claims the abstracts belongs to LimeLeads, a San Francisco-based business-to-business (B2B) leads generator, which makes its money by renting admission to an centralized database absolute business contacts that can be acclimated for pitches and sales.
Following a tip from our readers, ZDNet was fabricated acquainted two weeks ago that a blackmail amateur activity by the name of Omnichorus was affairs LimeLeads’ abstracts online.
Sources in the blackmail intelligence association accept told ZDNet that Omnichorus is a acclaimed alone on underground hacking forums, accepting congenital a acceptability for administration and affairs afraid or baseborn abstracts — a alleged “data trader.”
While initially afterwards accepting the tip we anticipation the aggregation had suffered an advance into its systems afterward an advised cyber-attack, we anon apparent that this was not the case.
LimeLeads angry out to be aloof the latest in a continued band of companies that bootless to set up a countersign for an centralized server, which accustomed anyone on the internet to admission the company’s acute chump data.
Bob Diachenko, a aegis researcher who searches the internet for apparent databases and again notifies afflicted companies has accepted to ZDNet that the aggregation had apparent an centralized Elasticsearch server.
He told ZDNet that one of the company’s servers had been indexed by chase agent Shodan as an accessible arrangement back at atomic July 27, 2019.
Diachenko said he notified LimeLeads of the apparent server on September 16, aftermost year, and the aggregation anchored the apparent arrangement a day later.
While some companies ability get abroad with advertisement an centralized server on the internet after any above aegis leaks, this was not the case for LimeLeads.
Despite the company’s alert acknowledgment to Diachenko’s notification, it appears that Omnichorus additionally got authority of the company’s data, and has been affairs it online back October aftermost year.
According to Diachenko, and a sample of the abstracts pubished by Omnichorus in their ad, the LimeLeads abstracts contains user capacity such as: abounding name, title, user email, employer/company name, aggregation address, city, state, ZIP, buzz number, website URL, aggregation absolute revenue, and the company’s estimated cardinal of employees.
The crisis from this abstracts actuality awash is that it provides hackers and malware operators with an ideal abject to barrage spear-phishing attacks adjoin absolute companies and their adapted contact.
LimeLeads did not acknowledgment a appeal for animadversion for this commodity beatific by ZDNet aftermost week.
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