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Dow Jones Leak Exposes Watchlist Database

The Watchlist, which contained the identities of government officials, politicians, and people of political interest, is used to identify risk when researching someone.

A data leak at Dow Jones exposed the financial firm's Watchlist database, which contains information on high-risk individuals and was left on a server sans password.

Watchlist is used by major global financial institutions to identify risk while researching individuals. It helps detect instances of crime, such as money laundering and illegal payments, by providing data on public figures. Watchlist has global coverage of senior political figures, national and international government sanction lists, people linked to or convicted of high-profile crime, and profile notes from Dow Jones citing federal agencies and law enforcement. 

The leak was discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko, who found a copy of the Watchlist on a public Elasticsearch cluster. The database exposed 2.4 million records and was publicly available to anyone who knew where to find it – for example, with an Internet of Things (IoT) search engine, he explained in a blog post.

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https://www.darkreading.com/cloud/dow-jones-leak-exposes-watchlist-database/d/d-id/1334006