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Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:00

Group releases search tool for Amazon S3 buckets

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A search tool that can look for specific files on Amazon Web Service servers has been released by a group whose identity is unknown.

The tool, Buckhacker, gets its name from the fact that AWS Simple Storage Servers (S3) are known as buckets.

It will make searches for data leaks much easier than in the past.

Buckhacker released an alpha version of the search engine on Wednesday which was noticed by UK security researcher Kevin Beaumont.

He tweeted: "In case you missed it, for the very first time there's now a Google for Amazon S3 buckets - a full search engine called Buckhacker. This is page 400 of results for *.sql in S3. This is a game changer."

The search engine has now been taken offline, with the people behind Buckhacker saying on Twitter: "Sorry guys, we are going offline for maintenance. We went online with the alpha version too early."

Apparently, there were some cache issues in the alpha release, according to the Buckhacker Twitter feed.

Plenty of sensitive data has been found lying unsecured in S3 buckets, with the security firm UpGuard finding such stashes quite often.

UpGuard releases details of its finds on the Web regularly. It has found misconfigured S3 buckets leaking data from Paris-based brand marketing company Octoly, California data analytics firm Alteryx, credit repair service National Credit Federation, the NSA, the Pentagon, global corporate consulting and management firm Accenture, publisher Dow Jones, a Chicago voter database, a North Carolina security firm, and a contractor for the US National Republican Committee.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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