Thousands of Unprotected Kibana Instances Exposing Elasticsearch Databases [thehackernews]

In today’s world, data plays a crucial role in the success of any organization, but if left unprotected, it could be a cybercriminal’s dream come true.

Poorly protected MongoDB, CouchDB, and Elasticsearch databases recently got a lot more attention from cybersecurity firms and media lately.

More than half of the known cases of massive data breaches over the past year originated from unsecured database servers that were accessible to anyone without any password.

Since the database of an organization contains its most valuable and easily exploitable data, cybercriminals have also started paying closer attention to find other insecure entry points.

Though the problems with unprotected databases are no news and are widely discussed on the Internet, I want cybersecurity community and industry experts to pay some attention to thousands of unsafe Kibana instances that are exposed on the Internet, posing a huge risk to many companies.

Kibana is an open-source analytics and visualization platform designed to work with Elasticsearch. The platform makes it easy for data analysts to quickly and easily understand complex big data streams and logs through graphic representation.

Kibana comes as a browser-based interface that has been designed to fetch data from Elasticsearch databases in real time and then perform advanced data analysis to present it in a variety of charts, tables, and maps.

Upon installation, the default settings configure Kibana to run on localhost at port 5601, but some administrators may choose to change this setting to make it remotely accessible anywhere from the Internet.

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