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Media giant Viacom dodges bullet over massive security breach

Media giant Viacom dodges bullet over massive security breach”

The powerful Fortune 500 company owns a number of major media companies and cable channels including Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon among others. These credentials could have compromised Viacom's servers, data storage and databases as well as cloud instances in the company's toolchain. An Amazon server with about a gigabyte of different credentials that belong to Viacom employees was actually found online without being secured, according to a security firm called UpGuard in California.

As Vickery said in his blog post describing the discovery, 'Picture a skeleton key, opening not merely every door in a house, but every door that could be added to the house as well.

A malicious actor who gained access to Viacom servers could not only control the access and data contained therein, warns UpGuard, but the data could have been used to execute phishing schemes, using confidential data to trick users into giving up personal details including banking or credit card information. This is the type of master access that was publicly exposed in the S3 bucket'.

UpGuard also found the Gnu GPG decryption keys to Viacom regular backups stored in the AWS S3 data repository.

Within the repository were passwords and manifests for Viacom's servers, and data needed to maintain and expand the IT infrastructure of an US$18 billion multinational corporation and also Viacom's access key and secret key for the corporation's AWS account.

UpGuard researcher Chris Vickery went to notify Viacom of the security issues on August 31, explaining the severity of the situation and the company worked quickly to resolve the issue, but it took several hours to secure the server before the problem was patched to satisfaction.

The security vendor also found a master provisioning server running the Puppet configuration and management tool, that could be used to spin up new task-specific servers for Viacom.

"Analysis of the Viacom leak reveals nothing less than this: the keys to a media kingdom were left publicly accessible on the internet, completely compromising the integrity of Viacom's digital infrastructure".

"Recurring throughout the contents of each decompressed file are mentions of Viacom, as well as its associated brands, including MTV, VH1, and Comedy Central - a clear indication of the data's goal and use", UpGuard said.

"The leaked Viacom data is remarkably potent and of great significance, an important reminder that cloud leaks need not be large in disk size to be devastating; when it comes to data exposures, quality can be as vital as quantity", UpGuard said.



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