Marijuana growing social website GrowDiaries exposes data of 3.4M users

Marijuana growing social website GrowDiaries has suffered a data breach with the details of 3.4 million users being exposed online.

First discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko and detailed today on LinkedIn, the data exposure came on an unsecured database that had no password. The data include email addresses, IP addresses, usernames, user posts, MD5-hashed passwords and image URLs.

The exposed database was discovered by Diachenko Oct. 10 but was notably was indexed by the search engine BinaryEdge Sept. 22. The database was not taken down until Oct. 15.

GrowDiaries is reported to have confirmed the database exposure but has not said whether user details have been accessed from unwanted third parties.

“This breach is yet another example of a company leaving a server and critical information unsecured without any password protection, an unfortunate trend that has been the cause of many recent leaks,” Dr. Vinay Sridhara, chief technology officer 

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Witricity Gets $34M For Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging, Mitsubishi Involved

Following up on the recent news about the SAE’s new standard for wireless electric vehicle charging, here’s another sign that the age of the “plug-in” car has an end in sight.

To be sure, this end will take a while to arrive, but when we look back at the dawn of the EV era in a few decades, we’ll see that the way we fill up our cars followed the same trajectory as we went through (i.e., are still going through right now) with cell phones. The latest smartphones still allow for a wired charge, but those wireless charging pads are becoming more and more

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