World’s Largest Web Hoster GoDaddy Exposed Massive Amount Of Sensitive Data Online

Haythem Elmir

GoDaddy data leaked from an unsecured S3 bucket, exposed the data contains configuration information such as hostname, operating system, workload, AWS region, memory and CPU specs, and more.

Godaddy is the world’s leading domain registrar with over 18 million customers with over 76M domain names. Upguard noticed the publically readable Amazon S3 bucket contains several spreadsheet files that contain data about Data Legend, GDDY Machine Raw Data, Summary, Compute, Storage, Instance Mapping, Spot and Price List.

The spreadsheet contains multiple versions of data of more than 31,000 GoDaddy systems. It also has the information such as memory and CPU specifications, hostnames, operating systems and server workloads.

GoDaddy data leaked

“Essentially, this data mapped a very large scale AWS cloud infrastructure deployment, with 41 different columns on individual systems” upguard noted.

Data Significance – GoDaddy Data Leaked

The leaked data can be used by cybercriminals to target users based on their role, probable data, size, and region. The data can be also used for competitive analysis for cloud hosting strategy and pricing.

The exposed data doesn’t expose any sensitive information that stored in the servers, but the configuration leak could be a stepping stone for attackers to launch a high profile attack.

GoDaddy data leaked

AWS spokesperson told Engadget “The bucket in question was created by an AWS salesperson to store prospective AWS pricing scenarios while working with a customer”.

Amazon’s S3 storage buckets are private by default, only the permitted users can access the bucket, but due to misconfiguration’s the data are exposed to public access.

UpGuard discovered the publicly readable Amazon S3 bucket on June 19th, 2018and reported to GoDaddy and the public access to bucket closed on July 26th.

Regardless of the size of the organization, anyone who uses cloud technology is subject to the risk of unintentional exposure. Amazon published an article on how to secure the files in my Amazon S3 bucket details the access restrictions.

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