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Popular apps have vulnerabilities in how they connect to the cloud. At risk is users’ personal data.


A Bengaluru-based risk-management firm has found issues in how apps are securing their AWS keys. Over 40 popular apps, with more than 100 million downloads each, are vulnerable to losing data of its users. What happens in the event of a data breach? What should one do? Above all, how are companies dealing with such situations?

It was an oops moment for Andrew Hoffman, the founder of free coding resource DevFactor, back in 2015. Just five-odd minutes were all it took for hackers to mine cryptocurrency, taking advantage of his Amazon Web Services (AWS) keys that he had published accidentally on a repository of the developer platform GitHub. Within minutes, they generated a mining bill of USD2,375. The keys were pulled back immediately, but “they were already gone”,

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