Corporate tech giant leaves secret data exposed to public internet

A world-leading corporate consultancy and technology outsourcer left at least four cloud-based storage servers unsecured and publicly downloadable, exposing secret data, authentication credentials, certificates, decryption keys, customer information, and more data that could have been used to attack both the provider and its thousands of clients.

Fairfax Media can reveal that Accenture – one of the world’s largest corporate consulting and management firms that has offices across Australia, and is also behind the national e-health record system – inadvertently allowed files belonging to its clients to be publicly available.

While there is no evidence to suggest that Australia’s e-health system was compromised by Accenture’s unsecured servers, Fairfax Media has been told that data belonging to ASX-listed Caltex Australia was exposed as part of the huge trove of highly sensitive information left unsecured.

It is understood the Caltex data exposed was “dummy” data provided by Caltex Australia to Accenture more than two years ago when Caltex was trialling an Accenture product that it did not end up using long term.

Read the full article on the Sydney Morning Herald website


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