88,153 USPS employee records found in US Corporate database leaked online

March 15, 2017 – the database contains more than 33 million records from government departments and large corporate clients which get sold onto marketers.

NEW YORK — Millions of records from a commercial corporate database have been leaked.

The database, about 52GB in size, contains just under 33.7 million unique email addresses and other contact information from employees of thousands of companies, representing a large portion of the US corporate population.leaked

Dun & Bradstreet, a business services giant, confirmed that it owns the database, which it acquired as part of a 2015 deal to buy NetProspex for $125 million.

This entire database is used for marketers who want to directly target their own email campaigns and through other communications methods for current and prospective customers.

The data can be bought either in bulk or by type of record by companies, but it’s not known exactly how much the going rate is for a full data set of this size. We understand from a 2015 brochure that the cost of accessing a half-million records can cost some firms up to $200,000.

In a blog post Tuesday, Hunt said the breakdown was entirely US-focused. California was the most represented demographic, with over four million records, followed by New York with 2.7 million records and Texas with 2.6 million records.

Hunt’s analysis of the records showed that the leading organization by records is the Department of Defense, with 101,013 employee records, followed closely by the US Postal Service with 88,153 employee records.

A spokesperson for Dun & Bradshaw would not talk on the record beyond an emailed statement, sent prior to publication.

“We’ve carefully evaluated the information that was shared with us and it is of a type and in a format that we deliver to customers every day. Based on our analysis, it was not accessed or exposed through a Dun & Bradstreet system,” the statement read.

The spokesperson said an internal investigation showed that while the data belongs to the company, its own systems were not breached or exposed. The company added that the data was approximately six months old and the bulk data had been sold to “thousands” of other firms.

Dun & Bradstreet downplayed the risk to its customers and those it collects data on. The company said that the data contains “generally publicly available business contact data, used for sales and marketing purposes.”

Source: Millions of records leaked from huge US corporate database | ZDNet

4 thoughts on “88,153 USPS employee records found in US Corporate database leaked online

  1. I wonder, since they know the number of employees, will they be notifying those 88,153 Usps employees that had their “secure personal” information stolen?

  2. Here we go again. If it isn’t the miserably incompetent USPS getting hacked and then doing nothing in response, when they should be made to pay all who were employees at the time a stipend for the invasion of privacy, now it’s Dun and Bradstreet distributing more personal information for “sales and marketing purposes”. That means it’s much much more accessible to hackers, you dumb shits.
    I swear, and my brother put it as succinctly as one can, the internet has been the death of privacy and completely become the “Big Brother” we all read about in “1984”. Think about it – some little shithead still living with his parents at 25 or later sits in front of his computer or computers, playing “Warcraft” or some other game that totally removes him from reality on one hand and looking for ways to hack anything he thinks he can successfully access, with no regard for the consequences of millions of victims. Little pimple ass, who couldn’t get a date if he tried, eats nothing but junk food all day and is probably a nerd in a computer store somewhere, has the ability to crash your car’s on board computer and order it to slam on the brakes, shut the engine down, or some other terrible thing just for yuks. It’s people like him and professional “marketers” and swindlers like those Indian (Asian Indian) bastards who crashed my computer without even having to send an email and tried to make me pay to “fix” it that make me mad as hell and increasingly leery of computers altogether.
    It cost over $300 to clean up the computer, a Mac that supposedly didn’t need antivirus software, and then put in a new better antivirus program to get it up again. Even so, I still get calls from blocked numbers I know are from some of the same assholes who screwed me in the first place trying whatever new scam they think I’ll fall for. I cuss at them as loudly and vulgar as possible just to try to get them to leave me alone but they keep calling.
    Well, this is what we get for instantaneous communications. We get to communicate with horrible skanks around the world whether we want to or not, and an untold amount of businesses have been breached, data stolen, identities stolen, etc. I doubt anything can stop them, but I’d sure like to get my hands on the little piece of shit who ruined my computer. I’d give him a virus he’d never be free of.

    • In my first paragraph, my comment about “sales and marketing purposes” being defined as being more accessible to hackers is followed by calling the people who allowed the breach to happen “dumb shits”, not those reading this post. Can’t go back and edit the remarks after you hit “post”.

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