Why bother go for databases when insecure log files appears to be where all the data is at
Trendy online-only Brit bank Monzo is telling hundreds of thousands of its customers to pick a new PIN – after it discovered it was storing their codes as plain-text in log files.
As a result, 480,000 folks, a fifth of the bank’s customers, now have to go to a cash machine, and reset their PINs.
The bank said the numbers, normally tightly secured with extremely limited access, had accidentally been kept in an encrypted-at-rest log file. The content of those logs were, however, accessible to roughly 100 Monzo engineers who normally would not have the clearance nor any need to see customer PINs.