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Marketing Database Vendor Exactis Exposes Data On 340 Million Individuals

In the latest case of data brokers failing to secure consumer data, a security researcher says that Exactis, a Palm Coast, Fla.-based data aggregation and marketing data broker, left records for 230 million individual consumers and 110 million businesses exposed and unprotected on the Internet.

The incident, first reported Wednesday by Wired, could exceed the scope of last year's Equifax debacle that exposed sensitive personal and financial information on 143 million Americans.

Wired reported that Exactis secured the databases after the security researcher discovered the problem, but has yet to publicly confirm or comment on the incident.

 
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