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The data breach at Microsoft Power Apps compromised the personal data of 38 million users


Last Updated on 22/11/2021 by Riya

Havoc creates amongst the users when the data breach was discovered via default permissions settings in Microsoft power apps, the data breach leads to an exposure of around 38 million users’ data. COVID-19 vaccination status, Social Security numbers, and email addresses are all likely to be exploited in the reported data breach.

The news was confirmed by Cyber security researchers. Researchers at UpGuard are aware of the data breach since May but they exposed this data breach publicly on Monday as earlier they were unsure of the severity of the data leaked. Not only common people but the data of government entities belong to different countries are also rumored to be leaked including Indiana, Maryland, and New York City.

When talking about private companies the data of American Airlines, J.B. Hunt, and Microsoft are also attacked in this data breach. Most of the low code”, cloud-hosted business intelligence applications are created using Microsoft Power apps as it ensures both internal as well as external users a secure access to their data.

Power Apps UI also assists us built a website offering features including user authentication, forms for users to enter data, data transformation logic, storage of structured data, and APIs to retrieve that data by other applications. Although, even after discovering all this information still no evidence has been found regarding the data breach.

Moreover, it has also not been discovered yet how a cyber attacker was entered into a Microsoft power app’s system. In the past few years, cyber attack cases are at a boom and according to UpGuard, the data breach could be a great lesson for the tech companies to strengthen their system against massive cyber attacks.

Meanwhile, to protect their platforms against Data breaches both Microsoft and Google recently announces to spend around $10 billion to $20 billion for the next five years.

Riya is a technology enthusiast and an avid researcher. She writes about consumer tech, hacking, and technology consumer issues at TheDigitalHacker.
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