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Exposed MongoDB installs being erased, held for ransom

Steve Ragan | Jan. 4, 2017
Administrators should check their MongoDB deployments before they’re wiped clean

A short time later, CSO Online was the first to report on the existence of an exposed MongoDB that contained 191 million voter records with the help of researcher Chris Vickery and Databreaches.net.

This was followed by a story detailing the existence of a second voter database a week later. Last April, a poorly configured MongoDB installation exposed the personal details on 93 million Mexican voters.

MongoDB is a favorite among some IT professionals, but if it isn’t configured properly and secured, this popular platform can be the source of a lot of pain within an organization. The official documentation for MongoDB contains a security checklist, and administrators are encouraged to follow it completely.

 

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