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Biggest Data Breach Case of Ecuador’s History IT Firm Manager Arrested !!

Biggest Data Breach Case of Ecuador’s History IT Firm Manager Arrested !!

News came from Ecuador where officials have arrested the general manager of IT consulting firm Novaestrat after the personal details of almost the entire population of the Republic of Ecuador left exposed online in what seems to be the most significant data breach in the country's history.

Personal records of more than 20 million adults and children, both dead and alive, were found publicly exposed on an unsecured Elasticsearch server by security firm vpnMentor, which made the discovery during its large-scale mapping project.

Data Breach Exposes Personal Data of Almost Entire Ecuador Population
The cache reportedly contained everything from full names, gender, dates and places of birth, phone numbers and addresses, to marital statuses, national identification numbers (similar to social security numbers), employment information, and details of education.

The cache also contained specific financial information related information to accounts held with the Ecuadorian national bank Biess, including person's bank account statuses, current balances and credit type, along with detailed information about individuals' family members.

vpnMentor notified the Ecuadorian Computer Incident Response Center (EcuCERT) of the breach, who then immediately informed Novaestrat, the online data consulting firm in the city of Esmeraldas who owned the unsecured server, which was later taken offline on September 11.

Introduces new privacy law :--
But the massive privacy breach also served as a wake-up call for the local government. In the aftermath of the breach, Ecuador's president asked government officials to expedite the process of passing a new data privacy law.

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