Many top online stores are exposing private customer data, putting both the business, and their users, at risk of identity theft, extortion attacks, and other cybersecurity incidents, new research has claimed.

Analyzing more than 2,000 online stores, Sansec found that 250, or approximately 12%, kept their backups in public folders which are easily accessible to anyone who knows where to look. 

The backups, mostly .ZIP, .SQL, and .TAR archives, contained…

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