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7/26/2019
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FormGet Storage Bucket Leaks Passport Scans, Bank Details

Exposed files include mortgage and loan information, passport and driver's license scans, internal corporate files, and shipping labels.

A cloud security mishap at FormGet has exposed sensitive user-uploaded files dating back to 2013 through a misconfigured Amazon S3 storage bucket, TechCrunch reports. It's the latest company to leave troves of data open to the Internet, signifying a concerningly common trend.

Bhopal, India-based FormGet provides online form creation and email marketing services to around 43,000 customers. People can use its tools to create forms for job applications, online shopping, and other processes. An anonymous security researcher found its S3 bucket had been left online sans password and contacted TechCrunch in an attempt to address the issue.

The bucket contained "hundreds of thousands" of files and documents dating back to 2013, packing a broad range of sensitive user-uploaded files: scans of passports, driver's licenses, paychecks, and Social Security numbers; details of obtained loans and mortgages, bank account statements, and utility bills; UPS shipping labels with names and phone numbers; resumes containing contact information; and internal corporate documents containing cybersecurity assessment notes for multiple banks and financial firms, the report states.

"The problem of misconfigured cloud storage is often exacerbated by trusted third parties," says Ilia Kolochenko, founder and CEO of ImmuniWeb. Businesses often need to share data with vendors like FormGet, which may often prioritize performance over data protection to keep up with a competitive market. Most companies have a vendor risk management policy, he adds, but these are rarely monitored for noncompliance, and few are properly enforced.

Given the frequency at which these data exposures happen, Amazon and other cloud providers have taken steps to lock down storage buckets by default. Businesses storing data in the cloud are urged to double-check their configuration settings to be sure information is private.

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7/28/2019 | 5:35:31 PM
Another S3 bucket issue
There are numerous articles written where vendors and organizations allow actors to compromise S3 buckets with vital information. The vendors can only do but so much, each instance involves the oversight of a person working for the organization who has not been properly trained. This is a pattern that can be mitigated with proper training and experience.

There is a simple way to address this problem, the S3 bucket process involves blocking public access if the user goes to aws.amazon.com | Select S3 | Click the bucket | Click Permissions Tab | Select Block Public Access. Secondly, select "Access Control List" | access for bucket owner | Select the bucket owner (should be a long bucket id to allow access only to this S3 bucket).




Examples of S3 Bucket compromise are listed below (this is not the complete list but it should give you an idea of breaches. 
Attunity
Megacart
TD Bank
Netflix
Ford
UpGuard
Accenture Federal Services

Again, all of these instances could have been mitigated by following best practices provided by AWS (improperly trained personnel or oversight need to be top priority). 

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