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Daily Dashboard | Spammer accidentally leaks 1.34B user accounts Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Publications Editor, Dec. 15, 2017

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Email marketing group River City Media failed to protect its 1.34 billion user accounts, inadvertently making them available for anyone to see, Fortune reports. MacKeeper security researcher Chris Vickery discovered the breach in January. He said that River City Media “masquerades as a legitimate marketing firm" when instead is a large-scale spamming organization. It's accrued names, emails and IP addresses through emails advertising phony credit checks and sweepstakes, the report states. Vickery worked with CSO Online to verify the breach, ultimately finding that River City Media employees didn't "properly configure its backup system," the report continues. The unsecured database is so vast that "chances are that you, or at least someone you know, is affected," Vickery said.  
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