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Kanopy privacy breach reveals which movies members have been streaming

On March 22, Simon Cohen reported:

Free movie streaming site Kanopyhas suffered a significant data leak, according to security researcher Justin Paine. Due to an unprotected web log database, which could be publicly accessed without authentication of any kind, Paine believes that the company has been leaking “roughly 26-40 million log lines per day beginning March 7th.”Though Kanopy has now fixed the problem, the exposed data contained a great deal of information about the people who use the service to stream content. Geolocation, timestamp, device type, IP address, and the URLs of accessed files were all part of the available records. Paine claims that it’s detailed enough that, “it likely would have been possible to identify the identity of a person,” and figure out what that person had been watching online.

Read more on Digital Trends.

Here’s the text of the email notification Kanopy had sent to users on March 21, courtesy of someone who received it and sent it on to...(continued)

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