Destructive third-party applications
A shopping application has brought the sensitive data of about 8 million European online customers online. Obviously, cloud storage for data storage is not adequately protected. Large leaks are also a warning sign for German users.
Security company Compitech found a lot of sensitive data during the analysis. Obviously, a shopping application stores sensitive data from 8 million European online shopping customers on a server without full encryption. What's scary is that not only the data of the app users or UK customers is compromised.
Because the application is not specified, system interfaces of online stores such as Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Shopify, and Stripe are used to calculate reliable information about taxes and duties on goods imported into the UK. Comparitech is also known as "EU customers", which may also affect German customers due to data leaks. The data includes name, email address, delivery location, order and partial credit card number.
With two-factor authentication for phishing
Comparitech does not assume that data records have been accessed. Still, security companies recommend caution. If you receive emails from Amazon, PayPal, and Co. in the near future, or if employees contact you in any other way, you should be extra careful.
Data leaks make criminals phishing and scams, sometimes difficult to detect. In addition, if allowed by the respective service, two-factor authentication should be activated and new passwords assigned if necessary. You can read how to activate two-factor authentication for different services in the linked article.
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