The publically exposed web bucket named “pinapp2” with 73 gigabytes of data was discovered by UpGuard Cyber Risk, further analysis revealed it belongs to Washington-based internet service provider ISP provider Pocket iNet.
The exposed data contains passwords in plain text, AWS secret keys for Pocket iNet employees, internal network diagramming, configuration details, and inventory lists, and photographs of Pocket iNet equipment, including routers, cabling, and towers, reads UpGuard report.
UpGuard discovered and notified the publically exposed bucket to Pocket iNet on October 11th, 2018, and by October 19th the bucket was finally secured.
The bucket contains several lists of plain text passwords of that belongs to Pocket iNet employees and the devices listed are firewalls, core routers and switches, servers, and wireless access points.
According to UpGuard, most of the accounts are named “root” or “admin,” which means possibly these credentials give full access to the system, if an attacker gains access to the bucket it may put entire Pocket iNet network under risk.
In addition to the passwords, the UpGuard also spotted a downloadable “tech” folder that contains sensitive information about Pocket iNet’s operations. Also, it contains the Photos of iNet hardware installations, network gears, transmission towers, and priority customers details.
AllUsers – Anyone by having the name can access the bucket.
AuthenticatedUsers – Allows only the privileged AWS account users can access the bucket.
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.