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15,000 Clients Data Leaked Accidently by a Turkish Firm

Turkish law firm accidentally exposes data of 15,000 clients carrying confidential information.

 

Accidentally, a law firm has disclosed client data of 15,000 incidents in which individuals have been killed and wounded after a cloud misconfiguration. Through a misconfigured Amazon S3 bucket, the WizCase team unearthed a huge data leak with private details regarding Turkish residents. The server includes 55,000 judicial records concerning more than 15,000 court proceedings, affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals. The firm affirmed that it does not require any permission to browse the 20GB trove that anyone with the URL may have viewed the very confidential information.

WizCase is one of the leading multinational websites offering cybersecurity resources, tricks, and best practices for online safety. Also incorporates VPN ratings and tutorials. The data was traced by WizCase, back to the Turkish actuarial consulting company, Inova Yönetim, which analyses details for risk and premium estimation.

The online security team has revealed a major abuse of the data from an Amazon Bucket misconfigured by INOVA YÖNETIM & AKTÜERYAL DANIŞMANLIK, a Turkish legal attorney. Inova is an actuarial consulting firm that gathers mathematical data and measures the probability and premiums of insurers. Since 2012, Inova has been in operation and has dealt with thousands of cases. 

The researchers have found that, along with insurance and accident data, the personally identifiable information (PII) about the survivor in each of the 15,000 court cases including name, national ID and marital status, and day of birth is also available. Some records have revealed much more specific details about claimants, witnesses, and others, including detailed accident information, car registration numbers, breathalyzer test reports, incident descriptions, and many more. In certain cases, the data has more details about the victims or other persons involved in it. It involved information of parties such as victims, event participants, police officers, lawyers. 

The data appeared to relate to the circumstances between the beginning of 2018 and the end of summer 2020. Many who are vulnerable to the snafu could be at risk from scammers following extremely persuasive phishing emails or telephone calls to get more financial and personal details. 

“With some social engineering, bad actors or criminals could contact an [mobile] operator, masquerading as the victim, and verify all kinds of verification questions operators would ask to clone a SIM card,” WizCase stated. “After having access to victims’ phone calls and SMS messages, bad actors could then try to do the same operation with clients’ insurance and bank.” 

According to WizCase, for situations like this, preserving the internal data is unusually challenging since it is always in the hands of the organization one deals for. One must be sure that they just send the correct details and ask them what security steps they are undertaking to keep their private data private. If one gets a call relating to the crash, please notify their Inova contact and ensure that an application comes from them, and never trust someone asking for personal details over a phone.
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