MongoDB “ransomware” exists because people are bad at security

Over the course of a turbulent week, several hackers were able to break into over 10,500 systems running the MongoDB database software.

Once inside, the attackers would wipe the database and leave a ransom note, essentially demanding payment to restore it to its previous state. This is typically between $150 and $500, and paid in Bitcoin.

Figures from security researchers Niall Merrigan and Victor Gerves suggest that around 25 percent of all internet-connected MongoDB databases have been hit so far.

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