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Unsecured Microsoft Bing Server Exposed Users’ Search Queries and Location

September 22, 2020

A back-end server associated with Microsoft Bing exposed sensitive data of the search engine’s mobile application users, including search queries, device details, and GPS coordinates, among others.

The logging database, however, doesn’t include any personal details such as names or addresses.

The data leak, discovered by Ata Hakcil of WizCase on September 12, is a massive 6.5TB cache of log files that was left for anyone to access without any password, potentially allowing cybercriminals to leverage the information for carrying out extortion and phishing scams.

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