A massive database that handles millions of text messages obviously was discovered unprotected and vulnerable information such as password reset and two-factor security codes.
Vodox, a communications company in San Diego, kept the server unprotected with passwords that offer who knows where to see real-time insights on a steady stream of text messages, TechCrunch reported on Thursday. The unsecured server was discovered on Shodan, a search engine for publicly available devices and databases, reported TechCrunch.
The database appeared to contain more than 26 million text messages, each containing the message and tagged with the recipient’s mobile number, TechCrunch reported. Among the data discovered were the security codes sent by Fidelity Investments, a temporary bank password sent by a Silicon Valley Credit Association and an Amazon Tracking Notification with UPS Tracking Information.
Two-factor authentication is one of the easiest ways to prevent hackers from deleting your accounts, blocking unauthorized access to accounts, even if they know the user’s password. Two-factor authentication users are based on an SMS version of the one where a PIN is texted to their phones.
Vovox did not respond immediately to a request for comments, but was reportedly reported by the database after TechCrunch raised questions about
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