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RSA Conference can't secure its attendees' details

The personal details of attendees to the RSA Conference 2018, being held in San Francisco this week, have leaked through unsecured public facing APIs using hard-coded credentials in a mobile application.

A security engineer who goes by the Twitter handle @svblxyz posted a screenshot of the database that he had obtained, containing the first names of attendees.

In a long thread, the engineer also tweeted other details which he had obtained from what was apparently a site that was open to anyone.

The RSA Conference is considered to be one of the most important security conferences and attracts top researchers from both the private and public sectors.

The leak is likely to embarrass the organisers of such a prestigious security conference.

The conference gets its name from three top cryptographers: Ron Rivest, MIT Institute Professor, MIT; Adi Shamir, professor, Computer Science Department, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel; and Leonard Adleman, computer science professor at the University of Southern California.

Update: Linda Gray Martin, the director and general manager of RSA Conference, told iTWire in response to a request for comment: “Our initial investigation shows that 114 first and last names of RSA Conference Mobile App users were improperly accessed.

"No other personal information was accessed, and we have every indication that the incident has been contained. We continue to take the matter seriously and monitor the situation.”


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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.


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