Uganda Security Exchange Caught Leaking 32GB of Sensitive Data

Apart from personal and financial records, the data also included plain-text login credentials including usernames and passwords of customers and businesses using the Easy Portal of the Uganda Security Exchange.

The Uganda Securities Exchange (USE) aka principal stock exchange in Uganda has been caught leaking highly sensitive financial and sensitive data of its customers and business entities across the globe.

This was revealed to by Anurag Sen, a prominent IT security researcher who has been known for identifying exposed servers and alerting relevant authorities before it’s too late. Anurag is the same researcher who discovered Australian trading giant ACY Securities to be exposing 60GB worth of data earlier this month.

What Happened

It all started with Anurag scanning for misconfigured databases on Shodan and noted a server exposing more than 32GB worth of data to public access. According to Anurag, the server belonged to the Uganda Security Exchange’s Easy Portal. For your information, Easy Portal is an online self-service portal that lets users and trading entities view stock performance, view statements, and monitor their account balance.

“There are other ports running on the server which opened the link to the bank of Baroda – which is Indian based company operating in Uganda. Also, it is registered under the Uganda security exchange.”

Anurag told

What Data was Leaked

Upon further digging into the humongous dataset Anurag concluded that the exposed records were of sensitive nature. The worse part of the data leak is the fact that the server was left exposed without any security authentication.

This means anyone with a slight bit of knowledge about finding unsecured databases on Shodan and other such platforms would have complete access to USE’s data including the following:

  • Full Name
  • Usernames
  • Full Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Access tokens
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Plaintext passwords
  • ID number of Users
  • Bank details including ID, and account number
  • Details on Foreign citizens and companies including citizens based in Uganda

The screenshot below shows the type of data exposed by the USE:

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