80 Million Personal Records Discovered on Open Microsoft Database

An open database with private information on 80 million American families was discovered on a Microsoft cloud server. It is not known what company owned the 24GB worth of data that was exposed, but researchers are tracking down that information. The magnitude of the breach is huge, representing more than half the total number of households in the United States.

Data breaches are not uncommon, but this one stands out because of the magnitude – 80 million households means hundreds of millions of people have had their private data publicly exposed on the Internet. All entries in the data are people under the age of 40, and because the information includes things like income and homeowner data, it suggests it’s a financial services company.

Read our breach report on the Microsoft database exposure to learn more about what happened, and how your organization can use effective anomaly detection and configuration compliance to ensure your data is protected.