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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Tigress episode exposes dearth of gadgets, drugs- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The nearly-successful escape attempt by a tigress at the Neyyar Safari Park has exposed a serious dearth of infrastructure, gadgets, and supplies available with the Forest department. The district veterinarian did not even have a gun to dart the big cat with or the medicines to tranquillize it, after it was spotted on the park premises hours after it escaped from its cage. When such contingencies arise, the forest authorities are forced to bank on the Thiruvananthapuram Zoo for supplies.

When Thiruvananthapuram Zoo’s senior veterinary surgeon Dr Jacob Alexander, his deputy Dr R Vishnu, and Dr T Rajeev of the Elephant Squad, Thiruvananthapuram, were asked to help the Neyyar Safari Park authorities tranquillize the tigress on Saturday, they were caught unawares. The Safari Park officials had not made any contingency plans. Fortunately, the expert team carried all equipment, air-powered guns, and a combination of Xylazine

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