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AA data breach DID contain sensitive information, says security researcher

Author: Ellie Burns / Source: Computer Business Review

The AA may be suffering a breakdown of communication in the aft6ermath of Apirl’s data breach.

The AA may be in need of some cyber-side assistance of its own following reports that a recent data breach exposed sensitive information such as names, addresses and credit card numbers.

The data breach was first discovered on 22 April, when the motoring group first learned of the breach affecting data used for it’s online shop. AA President Edmund King later confirmed that the issue had been fixed by 25 April, blaming a server ‘misconfiguration’ for giving access to two back-up files that contained orders for maps and other products from retailers and customers.

In contrast to today’s news, the AA then stated that the breach only related to shop orders and contained no sensitive information. Security researcher Troy Hunt, however, found 117,000 unique email addresses as well as names and credit card information after analysing the leak. A separate analysis by Motherboard researcher Scott Helme also found the same data in the…

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