In Brief: WhiteHat Jr plugs vulnerabilities leaking student data

In Brief: WhiteHat Jr plugs vulnerabilities leaking student data
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26 Nov, 2020

Karan Bajaj-led WhiteHat Jr has said the vulnerabilities that exposed personal data of its teachers and students have been patched and that there is no evidence of an external data breach so far, The Quint reports. The statement from the Byju’s-owned company reportedly came after an independent security researcher notified about an unprotected backend server on November 19, prompting the company to review its setup and issue fixes. The flaws exposed information of 2.8 lakh students and teachers. The startup’s statement noted the flaws were plugged within 24 hours of disclosure, although it remains unclear for how long the server had been left unprotected.

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