- Thousands of files containing information US individuals with Top Secret security clearances were found on an unsecure Amazon server.
- They were found by cyber security firm UpGuard on a folder called ‘resumes’
- Contained CVs of thousands of Americans in jobs in US Department of Defense
- Other files revealed sensitive details about Iraqi and Afghan nationals who have cooperated and worked alongside US military forces in their home countries
Thousands of files containing details of US intelligence operatives with Top Secret clearance have been breached.
The 9,402 documents were found on an unsecure Amazon server without the protection of a password.
The files, discovered this summer by a security analyst at the California-based cyber security firm UpGuard, were found in a folder called ‘resumes’.
They included information such as their home addresses, phone numbers, work history and email addresses, as well as more sensitive information including security clearances, driver’s license numbers, passport numbers and at least partial social security numbers.
According to UpGuard, at least one of the applicants claimed he was charged with the transportation of nuclear activation codes and weapons components.
In response private security firm TigerSwan said it took information security ‘very seriously’, found the exposure ‘inexcusable’ and planned to investigate how the data came to be publicly exposed.
The documents have been traced back to TigerSwan, a private security firm based in North Carolina
Other documents revealed sensitive and personal details about Iraqi and Afghan nationals who have cooperated and worked alongside US military forces in their home countries, Gizmodo reported.
Between 15 and 20 applicants reportedly meet this criteria. They may now be endangered by the disclosure of their personal details.
One applicant described his employment as a ‘warden advisor’ at the Abu Ghraib black site near Baghdad, where prisoners are known to have been tortured.
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