Some UK railway stations’ free Wi-Fi exposed personal info for 10,000 travelers

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A free Wi-Fi service at rail stations in the UK exposed the personal information of about 10,000 people, and the provider did not notify authorities because it considered the situation “low-risk,” the BBC reports. Email addresses, dates of birth and travel information were among the details visible in an unprotected database from provider C3UK, which was discovered by security researcher Jeremiah Fowler. Affected stations included Harlow Mill, Chelmsford, Colchester, Waltham Cross, Burnham, Norwich, and London Bridge, according to the BBC.

C3UK told the BBC that it secured the database, created between November 28th and February 12th, as soon as Fowler notified the company. C3UK did not notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO),…

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