Security

German recruiter Pflegia leaks sensitive job seeker info

Pflegia, a German healthcare recruitment platform, has exposed hundreds of thousands of files with sensitive user data such as names, home addresses, and emails.

Scouting for a new career can be stressful. Now imagine that, instead of a new role, you find that your resume data was exposed. That’s what job seekers using Pflegia’s services are dealing with.

The Cybernews research team discovered an open Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud instance, often referred to as a “bucket” in the business, with over 360,000 files. The team deduced that the exposed files belonged to Pflegia.

Pflegia is a German recruitment platform that hires healthcare professionals for hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient services, and intensive care.

We’ve reached out to Pflegia to disclose the issue. While the company did not reply, the exposed server was quickly closed to the public. We contacted the company for comment but have not received a reply before publishing this article.

What kind of Pflegia user data was exposed?

The exposed AWS bucket held hundreds of thousands of files with sensitive information. Most of the files were user-submitted resumes with details such as:

  • Full names
  • Dates of birth
  • Occupation history
  • Home addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses

If you want to know about potential risks resulting from data leak give a look at the original post at

https://cybernews.com/security/pflegia-recruiter-data-leak/

About the author: Vilius Petkauskas, Senior Journalist at CyberNews

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Secure Client)

Pierluigi Paganini

Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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