That marketing email database that exposed 809 million contact records? Maybe make that two-BILLION-plus


An unprotected MongoDB database belonging to a marketing tech company exposed up to 809 million email addresses, phone numbers, business leads, and bits of personal information to the public internet, it emerged yesterday. […] Today, however, it appears the scope of that security snafu was dramatically underestimated.

One of the common patterns that I’ve seen with marketing firms (primarily in Japan) is that the tech is usually controlled either by someone fresh out of school with very little real-world experience, or by a marketing person who knows just enough about tech to be dangerous. We should all operate under the assumption that no marketing company has adequate protections on their data.