back to article It was Shodan easy! MacKeeper user database left wide open

A database of 13 million MacKeeper users has been easily accessed online, potentially exposing personal details but not payment information. Email addresses, phone numbers, IP addresses and weakly hashed passwords for the controversial Apple Mac cleanup utility were exposed because MongoDB databases hosting the information …

  1. big_D Silver badge

    The report I heard said that he was a bored support tech on a nightshift, who just happened to ask Shodan to show him what was using that port.

  2. ColonelClaw

    I thought MacKeeper was scumware? And why the hell did 13 million people install it?

    1. WolfFan Silver badge

      I thought MacKeeper was scumware?

      It is. MacKeeper is one step above malware. If that.

      And why the hell did 13 million people install it?

      They're idiots.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        They're not idiots, just gullible.

        MacKeeper is widely advertised on many websites, and a lot of people got sucked in by their marketing claims, despite the fact that the software has little utility, as well as being intrusive and – in the words of many – malware.

      2. Peshman

        I thought MacKeeper was scumware?

        It is. MacKeeper is one step above malware. If that.

        And why the hell did 13 million people install it?

        They're MAC users.

        FIFY.

        They don't question they just do. Is that not the fanboi way?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Coat

    System Shock 3

    Saw Shodan and got my hopes up.

  4. GX5000

    System Shock 3 Please

    Something Something SHODAN trashes MACs.......

    Still waiting for her to get to Earth to wreak Havoc....

    Sigh..........

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yawn.

    If only El Reg did some proper journalism and research rather than poach from other sites.

    They would find bigger data caches exposed in African countries and various other third world / developing countries.

    Ive seen many on Shodan. Including some seriously frightening shit.

    Its a shame really, theres immense amounts of work for security pros all over the world but not enough money being pumped into it.

    I physically cant afford to get to some of the countries to provide services because of the air fares alone!

    I applaud this guy for having the bollocks to disclose the flaw he found, he was very very lucky though.

    In my experience people tend to have an economy sized catering offload in their breeches and phone the fuzz assuming you're blackmailing them.

    Hence I dont bother anymore.

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