A website created by anonymous hackers has been launched, which allows anyone to search for sensitive data that is stored in the cloud.
Buckhacker is a tool that trawls the servers of Amazon Web Services (AWS), a popular cloud computing platform.
AWS provides data storage to private companies, governments and universities, among others.
Presentation of the data was found on him before, but Buckhacker makes the search much easier.
The name comes from the fact that the AWS Simple Storage Servers (S3) are known as “buckets” – this is the part of AWS, which Buckhacker access.
The BBC has alerted Amazon to Buckhacker shortly after it went live, but the company has yet to issue an opinion on the matter.Offline for maintenance”
On the afternoon of Wednesday, Buckhacker has been taken offline “for maintenance”, but she had previously worked for a number of cyber-security experts to explore it.
“We went online with the alpha version [too] early,” said a Twitter account associated to the Buckhacker site.
Security expert Kevin Beaumont told the BBC: “It is a mine of stuff that should not be in public.”
He pointed to an example that appeared to be encryption keys for a cloud client to another cloud service.
“S3 has been a problem for years,” added Mr. Beaumont.
“The search engine is the first easy-to-access, means of looking inside them… companies are losing control of their data in the cloud.”