The number of private files related to firms and individuals in an exposed RigUp database.
The American energy sector, much like the rest of the country, is having a hard time. In a detailed security report from vpnMentor, researchers found an exposed database containing more than 70,000 private files that belonged to firms and individuals within RigUp's client profile. RigUp is a Texas-based start-up that provides gig workers for the oil and gas sector. Before this week's revelations came to light it had already endured laying off more than 100 employees due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fortunately, RigUp responded to vpnMentor's report promptly. If any bad actors gained access to the sensitive files, the company's clients could have found themselves on the receiving end of criminal attacks, including tax and insurance fraud, identity theft, and a lot more. So far, no reports of that sort have surfaced. But a security breach of this scale is always worrying and can do huge damage to any business, but especially one that's only just beginning to get off the ground.