In a recent hacking incident Exactis, a company located in Palm Coast of Florida is the talk of all channels in the US. In a hacking attack data of 230 million individuals and 110 million companies(340 Million Customer Records)has been compromised. Sources suggest the data theft happened because of a misconfigured ElasticSearch function.
While talking to Flagler County News, Exactis CEO, Steve Hardigree spoke about the 340 million customer records that were exposed online and accessible to the public. According to him, there was no data theft or leak in their system, as nothing has been missing or stolen from their database.
Hardigree further explained how the company has been working with a security researcher and the Attorney General Office.
He said “We’re considered enemy No. 1 by the cybercommunity,” and “I don’t think it’s going to amount to anything because there’s not been any damage done to anyone.”
Exactis is a data aggregator company which collects data from the public information available and consists of a few individuals with most of the staff working remotely. Such type of data accumulation is common practice in a marketing world. The raw data is collected and organized into different individual profiles, which help create a structure for the marketers to improve the sales of the companies.
Hardigree stated that his company generates $35000 in sales, but the current event is huge and might bring an end for his company. His misery can be felt when he said: “I’m not sure if there’s a way for us to come back.”