According to Help Net Security, Chris Vickery, who is a well known researcher in the field of revealing databases that should not be accessible on the Internet but somehow are, has found a new one that contains highly sensitive data from Thomas Reuters; World-Check database of individuals linked to terrorism and organized crime.
World-Check database is used by biggest banks, global law firms and government agencies worldwide
49 out of 50 biggest banks, 9 among the top 10 global law companies and more than 300 government agencies were highly using this database.
“The current-day version of the database contains, among other categories, a blacklist of 93,000 individuals suspected of having ties to terrorism,” notes Vickery.
Besides, he noted that the database that he has found was not the one operated by Reuters. This database contains also a copy of World-Check database from mid-2014.
“When private data is involved, I always do my best to get the database secured before disclosing news of the exposure. However, this brand new find is a different kind of animal. It appears to all be sourced from publicly available material,” he explained his thought process.
Chris Vickery has informed Thomson Reuters about the location of the database.
“We are grateful to Chris Vickery for bringing this to our attention, and have acted with the up-most urgency to contact the third party concerned – with whom we are now in contact in order to secure the information,” a company spokesperson has stated.