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NEWS: Weight Watchers Data Left Unprotected

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Dozens of servers containing Weight Watchers data were left exposed, because the company didn’t use password protect software used for managing its application containers. Numerous activity logs, passwords and private encryption keys were left exposed – you can read more about ithere.

Broderick Perelli-Harris, senior director, professional services atVenaficommented below as part of our expert comments series.

Broderick Perelli-Harris, Senior Director, Professional Services at Venafi:

“Weight Watchers may bethe latesthigh-profile firm to expose sensitive data, but it follows a familiar pattern; a cloud service was left unprotected, and data including customer passwords and private encryption keys was left out in the open.

Exposing the latter to cybercriminals could have been particularly damaging. Like many other firms, Weight Watchers relies on cloud services to power much of its business. But access to these services is secured with encryption keys that often sit outside...(continued)

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