Sophos notifies data leak after a misconfiguration

by chebbi abir

The cyber-security firm Sophos is notifying customers via email about a security breach that took place earlier this week.

ZDNet reported that the cyber-security firm Sophos is notifying customers via email about a security breach, the company became aware ot the incident on November 24.


“On November 24, 2020, Sophos was advised of an access permission issue in a tool used to store information on customers who have contacted Sophos Support,” reads the email sent to customers and obtained by ZDNet.

“At Sophos, customer privacy and security are always our top priority. We are contacting all affected customers,” the company said. “Additionally, we are implementing additional measures to ensure access permission settings are continuously secure. “

According to the company, exposed information included customer first and last names, email addresses, and phone numbers (optional).

A Sophos spokesperson revealed that only a “small subset” of the company’s customers were affected. At the time of writing the exact number of affected customers is still unknown.

Sophos became aware of the misconfiguration after it was alerted by a security researcher. The company immediately addressed the issue the same day.

In April, the security firm released an emergency patch to address an SQL injection zero-day vulnerability affecting its XG Firewall product that has been exploited in the wild.

The company investigated the incident and determined that hackers were targeting systems configured with either the administration (HTTPS service) or the User Portal exposed on the WAN zone.

The attackers exploited an SQL injection zero-day vulnerability to gain access to exposed XG devices.

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