Millions Of SMS Text Messages Exposed

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Millions of SMS text messages exposed in a large database storing tens of millions of SMS text messages.

Most of which were sent by businesses to potential customers.

The database belongs to a company that works with over 990 cell phone operators and reaches more than 5 billion subscribers around the world, according to the researchers.

Millions of SMS text messages exposed.

The database is run by TrueDialog, a business SMS provider for businesses and higher education providers, which lets companies, colleges, and universities send bulk text messages to their customers and students.

The Austin, Texas-based company says one of the advantages to its service is that recipients can also text back, allowing them to have two-way conversations with brands or businesses.

The database stored years of sent and received text messages from its customers and processed by TrueDialog.

But because the database was left unprotected on the internet without a password and anyone could look inside.

Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar found the exposed database earlier this month as part of their internet scanning efforts.

Many of the messages we reviewed contained codes to access online medical services to obtain, password resets and login codes for sites: including Facebook and Google accounts.

One table alone had tens of millions of messages, many of which were message recipients trying to opt-out of receiving text messages.

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