Unencrypted SMS database found online, exposing millions of US text messages

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A huge database of text messages and user data has been discovered online, completely unprotected and free for anyone to browse. Found by researchers from vpnMentor, the database belongs to US communications company, TrueDialog. Among the exposed data are not only tens of millions of SMS messages, but also private information...
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Published on December 3, 2019 -  01:14
Millions of Text Messages May Have Been Leaked Online
Millions of Phone Texts Have May Been Leaked Online. News of the leak came from a team at online privacy company vpnMentor this past weekend. According to vpnMentor, millions of private SMS text messages in a database were exposed. In terms of whose responsible, it adds that text messaging firm TrueDialog could be the culprit. Globally, over five billion subscribers have connections to the Texas-based company. We contacted the company. We disclosed our findings and offered our expertise in helping them close the data leak and ensure nobody was exposed to risk, vpnMentor researchers, via blog post. vpnMentor adds that TrueDialog did not respond to its offer and that the database is now closed. Exposed information could include private information such as phone numbers and finance applications. The impact of this data leak can have a lasting impression for hundreds of millions of users. The available information can be sold to both marketers and spammers, vpnMentor researchers, via blog post

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