Sensitive info from Air Force was publicly visible online: report

Sensitive info from Air Force was publicly visible online: report

Researchers reportedly discovered "gigabytes" of sensitive Air Force documents left unsecured online, visible to anyone who knew where to look for them without a password. 

The security firm MacKeeper discovered what it claims was a lieutenant's misconfigured backup hard drive. They notified the Air Force and the drive has since been taken down. There is no information whether the drive had been discovered by any unauthorized party besides MacKeeper.

MacKeeper worked with the technology news site ZDNet to investigate the severity of the security mishap, which they believe to be substantial, even though the documents largely do not appear to have been classified. 

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The documents on the drive, reports ZDNet, include the names, addresses and social security numbers of 4,000 service members; contact information of spouses; and Social Security numbers, passport numbers and the contact information of celebrities — including actor Channing Tatum — who had visited military installations. 

Other documents included a lieutenant colonel's password and user name for the Joint Personnel Adjudication System, used to check military clearances, as well as security clearance renewal applications for two four-star generals. 

One spreadsheet listed personnel under investigation, ranging from "allegations of abuses of power and substantiated claims of wrongdoing, such as wrongfully disclosing classified information" to "discrimination and sexual harassment" to an official accused of "accepting $50k a year from a sports commission that was supposedly funneled into the National Guard."

Any of this information could hypothetically be used to blackmail or impersonate service members.