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100,000 User Names and Passwords Exposed From IEEE Database

10:26 am on Sep 26, 2012 (gmt 0)

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The world's largest professional organization for computer engineers exposed user names, plaintext passwords, and website activity for almost 100,000 of its members, some of whom are employees of Apple, Google, IBM, and other large companies.

The sensitive information was contained in 100 gigabytes worth of website logs that were publicly available for at least a month on servers maintained by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, according to a blog post published by a recent graduate and current teaching assistant at the University of Copenhagen. The 99,979 unique user names Radu Dragusin said he found in the cache comprises about 24 percent of 411,000 members counted in the 2011 IEEE Annual Report.

100,000 User Names and Passwords Exposed From IEEE Database [arstechnica.com]