Telmate data breach leaked personal info for millions of prisoners

Telmate, a widely used prison phone service, left millions of inmates’ and their contacts’ data exposed online, according to Comparitech security researcher Bob Diachenko discovered an unsecured database in early August containing 11 million records of inmates and their contacts, as well as 227 million message records. Comparitech says Telmate owner Global Tel Link secured the database within just a few hours after being informed.

Curated via Twitter from Engadget’s twitter account….

In a statement GTL provided, the company blamed the incident on “the actions of one of [its] vendors” and clarified that “no medical data, passwords, or consumer payment information were affected. ” But seeing as the collection didn’t even need a password for access, bad actors could’ve dowloaded it all, making the inmates and their contacts targets for fraud, identity theft and phishing schemes.

Comparitech security researcher Bob Diachenko discovered an unsecured database in early August containing 11 million records of inmates and their contacts, as well as 227 million message records.

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