Viacom data leak security firm UpGuard

Viacom, the media conglomerate that owns Paramount, Comedy Central, MTV, and hundreds of other properties, has had a giant security flaw exposed by a security firm. The good news is that hackers don't appear to have taken advantage of the weakness; the bad news is that credentials and configuration files for the backend of dozens of media properties was up for grabs on a vulnerable server.

According to UpGuard, the security firm that exposed the breach, a researcher found compressed backup files sitting on a publicly accessible Amazon Web Services storage bucket. The files contained details on Viacom's Multiplatform Compute Services, the infrastructure behind hundreds of Viacom's online properties. If that data had been found by someone with worse intentions, the consequences could have been catastrophic.

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