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Epic Google snafu leaks hidden whois data for 280,000 domains
Talos Discovery Spotlight: Hundreds of Thousands of Google Apps Domaâ€¦
Google was accidentally leaking some of its Google Apps for Business
customers' domain name data for more than a year.
The data, known as WHOIS data, generally consists of the name, address,
phone number, and email address of the person who registers a website.
Researchers at Cisco discovered that Google was accidentally leaking this
data from Google Apps for Business customers who elected to keep this
The obvious risk here is that some of these individuals who have been
unmasked may now be in some form of danger as a result of their connection
with the domain registrationâ€¦ For example, sending targeted spear phish
emails containing the victim's name, address, and phone number to make the
phish seem even more authentic.
- Cisco researchers
Google on March 13 apologized for the incident, which was caused by a
software bug that was fixed in February. Cisco noted that the WHOIS data
leaked from mid-2013 until Feb. 24 when Google fixed the bug. According to
Cisco, 282,867 domains were affected by the bug.
Google leaks personal information of 283,000 registered
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