Security researcher finds classified US Army data sitting online with no password

Security researcher finds classified US Army data sitting online with no password”

The National Security Agency still hasn't fixed its leaking problem.

The National Security Agency has suffered another major security breach after a trove of classified and sensitive Army documents were left on a public Amazon Web Services cloud server for anyone to download. This was most likely because the OS boot-up process was conditioned to accessing services that were only accessible from the Department of Defense's (DOD) internal network, a classic method of securing sensitive systems.

The server was unlisted, but it didn't have a password, which meant that anyone who found it could dig through the government's secret documents.

Upguard security expert Chris Vickery notified the Pentagon of the data exposure in late September and was informed on October 10 that the exposed data was secured, said the report.

Files detailing a secret USA intelligence collection program have leaked online, according to new report, marking just the latest embarrassing security lapse involving US spy agencies.

"It was as simple as typing in a URL", Vickery said. Some of the exposed files were marked as Top Secret, and appeared to belong to US Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM), UpGuard said in a Tuesday blog post.

Vickery said it had been so unbelievably easy to access that when he first discovered it, his first thought was, "is this real?"

This kind of misconfigured storage server is becoming a common cautionary tale in the security world lately.

Over the past several years, the NSA has come under fire following leaks starting in 2013 when Edward Snowden revealed agency information showing widespread surveillance of phone call data and emails.

The agency did not respond to a request for comment. The massive WannaCry ransomware attack spread rapidly because hackers took advantage of a stolen NSA tool. While the data in that leak appeared to consist entirely of collected public internet posts and news commentary, not private information, the team at UpGuard today reports another United States government data leak, this time containing clearly classified information.

Upguard found 47 viewable files and folders in the S3 bucket, three of which were downloadable.

Vickery and O'Sullivan said they believe the exposure happened when the government transferred the data to Invertix and said it demonstrates how poor risk-management protocols for third-party vendors is often a "silent killer" for enterprise cybersecurity.

The Pentagon reportedly spent over $93 million on Red Disk, however, it was never fully deployed.

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