In-Depth Med Records for 150K Americans leaked in Latest Amazon S3 Issue

Tara Seals

Medical records covering the nature and results of weekly blood tests for 150,000 Americans have been exposed to the public, thanks to yet another company misconfiguring its Amazon S3 repository.

Kromtech Security Center researchers discovered the easily accessible cache of 47.5 GB of data, which consists of 316,363 PDF reports; each patient had weekly test results totaling about 20 files each. Far from anonymous, each file is named after the patient and includes the dates of testing, home addresses, phone numbers and details on the tests themselves—clearly a jackpot for a criminal bent on spear phishing or medical scams. Even doctors’ names and case management notes are included.

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