back to article Just as Ecuador thought it had seen the back of leaks, over 20m citizen records are exposed

Records on more than 20 million individuals in Ecuador have leaked from an unsecured database in Miami, Florida, containing a mix of official citizen registration data and personal & banking details. The data is reported to contain "a large amount of sensitive, personally identifiable information at the individual level", …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They'll blame Ola Bini for that

    Perfect timing for a perfect storm.

    Too perfect, if I might add.

    Obviously AC.

  2. Blockchain commentard

    Discrepancy in head count

    A lot of Ecuadorian's are probably in or on their way to the USA !!!!

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "And Julian Assange is among them"

    That answers the first question that came to mind.

    He'll not be pleased. The nerve of it! Somebody leaking information about him! Who do they think they are? Wikileaks?

    As he and possibly others are resident in the EU it's also a breach of GDPR.

  4. Nick, Yeah?

    Are we just going to glide over the fact

    It has live or recently bank account balances on tap!?

  5. Mayday
    Big Brother


    Possibly reminiscent of a certain Black Mirror episode (Nosedive - the one with the people ratings). Jules cant like that.

    Post icon was the closest to relevant one I could think of sorry.

  6. Tony Pott

    Logic error

    The presence of entries for dead people does _not_ suggest that the data is out of date. Rather, he fact that there are more entries than Ecuadorians requires that data must have been entered over time, and dead entries have not been purged.

    1. Crazy Operations Guy

      Re: Logic error

      Of course there isn't a reason to delete the deceased anyway. At 18 GB for 20 million people is quite compact, and the trade off of disk space used versus benefits of being able to look that data up easily seems to very much favor keeping it. That works out to be about 1 MB per person, even if you are storing multiple redundant copies on something as expensive as an all-NVMe array, each record is only going to cost you pennies to keep (And it may very well be more expensive to purge a record from the database).

      The presence of old records may very well indicate that they have completed back-filling with historical records. Or it could indicate that this includes everyone that has lived or worked in Ecuador. If its a database of ID cards, that would include foreign nationals there for study, tourism, work, journalists, etc.

    2. Cuddles Silver badge

      Re: Logic error

      Beat me to it. Quite a weird logic error to make as well; the population of Ecuador has increased, as is the case with most countries, so if the data were out of date it should have fewer entries, not more. The only ways to have more entries than the actual population is to add new entries but not remove obsolete ones, have duplicates, or include people who are not citizens.

      The first seems likely. The second is inevitable, especially since this seems to consist of data from multiple different databases. The third is potentially more worrying for non-Ecuadoreans who might have visited at some point.

  7. RuffianXion

    It doesn't really matter how old the data is - how often do you change banks? I've been with the same one for 20 years.

  8. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "leaked from an unsecured database in Miami, Florida"

    What the fuck was a server in Florida doing with personal details about Ecuadorian nationals ?

    1. WolfFan Silver badge

      Re: "leaked from an unsecured database in Miami, Florida"

      Simple. For much of Latin America and pretty much all of the Caribbean, Miami is the Big City and they are the suburbs. _Lots_ of entities having to do with smaller Latin American countries and especially the Caribbean are headquartered there. For a long time Cable & Wireless (West Indies) operated out of Miami, for example. It’s just often cheaper and/or more efficient to stick certain items in Miami. And, of course, very senior staff often like the idea of being in the US. For some time the head of Cable & Wireless (West Indies) was the ex-head of C&W (Jamaica), who got the job because while in Jamaica he made C&W (Jamaica) the most profitable unit in C&W PLC. (Not that that was difficult, given the gross incompetence shown in many other C&W units, especially including the UK.) He brought in a lot of staff from Kingston and proceeded to make C&W (WI) very profitable. (And as being the very embodiment of the pirates of the Caribbean given the outrageous prices they charged, but I digress.) Being sent to Miami was seen as being promoted.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "leaked from an unsecured database in Miami, Florida"

      Do you think servers in the US, China etc don't have information on UK nationals? They shouldn't.. but private companies here don't care.

  9. Claverhouse Silver badge

    It hasn't been that difficult to do a number on Venezula... least, 15 per cent of Ecuadorians probably don't snuff it annually with no new blood to replace them.

    It was made clear to them a year ago that if they continued to harbour the notorious mass-murderer Julian 'Madman' Assange this state of affairs would cease.

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