Senior Advisor is a company that rates and reviews assisted living facilities. They have reviews of facilities across the United States in most major metropolitan areas and many smaller towns in their vicinity.
Elder care review company, Senior Advisor suffered a nasty data breach in the second half of 2021. The digital infiltration led to the data exposure of about three million individuals.
The hacker or hacking collective responsible for the breach identified a Senior Advisor's unsecured database for exploitation. Though it might be hard to believe, the truth is the database in question was not secured with a complex password. There is some question as to whether the database had a dedicated password.
Readers with a technical inclination will find it interesting that the attack results from discovering a misconfigured Senior Advisor Amazon S3 bucket. The bucket ultimately exposed the information of Senior Advisor customers. As a result, hackers obtained access to highly sensitive information that will likely be used for identity theft.
This breach occurred on August 13, 2021.
The breach impacts senior citizens as well as Senior Advisor as a company. It is worth noting that Senior Advisor strictly serves senior citizens, meaning those who are the most helpless and vulnerable will suffer the most due to the hack.
All in all, hackers exposed millions of files. The illegally accessed files contained customers’ full names, phone numbers, and other personal information. Though millions of files ended up in the hands of digital miscreants, it is worth noting that those files pertained to a pool of three million customers.