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Accenture's crucial data exposed

Accenture's crucial data exposed”

The exposed servers, which were hosted on Amazon S3 storage services, contained hundreds of GB of sensitive data, including secret API data, authentication credentials, certificates, decryption keys, customer information, and more.

Being somewhat reasonable about the situation, Beri added that "misconfigured buckets are often the result of innocent oversights that can otherwise be checked by automation in the form of access control and anomaly detection, as well as continued employee education".

The exposed data was found on 17 September by UpGuard director of Cyber Risk Research, Chris Vickery, who has made a large number of similar discoveries. The four servers were quietly secured the next day. Vickery has called the exposed data "keys to the kingdom", carrying potentially sensitive data of some of the world's biggest companies.

Each server contained a range of different types of credentials, including private signing keys that could be used to impersonate the company, and passwords - some of which were stored in plaintext.

This specific bucket contained a folder titled "Secure Store", which had not only configuration files for the Identity API, but also a plaintext document containing the master access key for Accenture's account with AWS's Key Management Service. The Upguard team claimed these could be used to subvert and spy on intercepted communications between the consultancy and its clients.

Upguard researchers say that the data potentially puts anyone using Accenture's Cloud Platform at risk.

Accenture may reveal more information in the future as it concludes its internal investigation to appease its corporate clients whose confidence in Accenture's ability to keep their private data safe may have been shaken by the UpGuard revelations. In one database, Vickery also discovered 40,000 passwords, majority plaintext.

Specifically, if hackers accessed the Accenture Cloud Platform software, used by its customers that "include 94 of the Fortune Global 100 and more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500", the exposed data could be used in critical secondary attacks against Accenture's clients.

Accenture isn't the first company to be stung by this kind of data exposure.

One bucket, "acpcollector", was used to store data that was needed to have visibility into, and maintenance of, Accenture's cloud stores.

Vickery said that Accenture was likely using the Amazon servers to migrate data from development to production.

There was no way to know for sure as doing so would fall foul of United States computer hacking laws, he said. In the hands of competent threat actors, these cloud servers, accessible to anyone stumbling across their URLs, could have exposed both Accenture and its thousands of top-flight corporate customers to malicious attacks that could have done an untold amount of financial damage. But one company said when they contacted Accenture, the company told them it was "not aware" of any breach or exposure.

None of the companies would speak on the record prior to publication.



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