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100,000 Passwords of IEEE Members Exposed

IT News Today: 100K IEEE Passwords Exposed, IBM Takes Cloud Services Downmarket, Cisco Extends Cloud Builder Program
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100,000 Passwords of IEEE Members Exposed100,000 Passwords of IEEE Members ExposedIEEE has confirmed the breach and access to unencrypted log files, but told its members that no financial information was made accessible.

In its statement, IEEE conceded that it was "theoretically possible" for an unauthorized party to access user accounts, which prompted the organization to prevent access to any account using current passwords. As a result, users will have to re-authenticate themselves by answering security questions.

Radu Dragusin, who claims to have discovered the vulnerability on September 18, said that the issue affected engineers from "Apple, Google, IBM, Oracle and Samsung employees, as well as researchers from NASA, Stanford and many other places." He believes that 100 GB of logs were in the open via the URL ftp://ftp.ieee.org/uploads/akamai/ for "at least one month".

The data contains more than 411,000 log entries with 99,979 individual user names.

The vulnerability was fixed shortly after Dragusin says he reported it to the IEEE on September 24.

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