Can’t Be Bothered to Secure Your Data…

Then you just might lose it. Ongoing Meow attack has nuked >1,000 databases without telling anyone why.

Note: The photo has nothing to do with the attack; I just love that image. (“I find your lack of password security disturbing.”)

More than 1,000 unsecured databases so far have been permanently deleted in an ongoing attack that leaves the word “meow” as its only calling card, according to Internet searches over the past day.

Hey if you can’t be bothered to use a password, it must not be important. It isn’t clear to me whether or not data has been stolen. But again, it doesn’t seem to be important, though the original data was stolen, and then it was deleted.

The attack first came to the attention of researcher Bob Diachenko on Tuesday, when he discovered a database that stored user details of the UFO VPN had been destroyed. UFO VPN had already been in the news that day because the world-readable database exposed a wealth of sensitive user information

A whole bunch of stuff, included plaintext passwords and usage logs, that UFO VPN “promised” not to keep, was stolen, and then the database was deleted by Meow.. (The moral of that story is, “NEVER use a free VPN.”)