Data of 120 Million Brazilians Exposed Online
Cybersecurity firm InfoArmor revealed this week that a publicly accessible server containing as much as 120 million unique taxpayer registry identification numbers for Brazilian nationals had been left exposed online.
The ID numbers, known as Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas (CPFs) are issued by the Brazilian Federal Reserve to citizens and tax-paying resident aliens, and are linked to various sensitive information like credit and debit history to employment details.
Data of around 57 percent of Brazilians’ had been exposed by the misconfigured server. While the issue had already been fixed in April 2018, experts say that the oversight could cause serious misrepresentation for the country as a whole as well as individuals.