Breach Exposes Users of Microleaves Proxy Service

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Microleaves, a ten-year-old proxy service that lets customers route their web traffic through millions of Microsoft Windows computers, recently fixed a vulnerability in their website that exposed their entire user database. Microleaves claims its proxy software is installed with user consent, but data exposed in the breach shows the service has a lengthy history of being supplied with new proxies by affiliates incentivized to distribute the software any which way they can — such as by secretly bundling it with other titles. The Microleaves proxy service, which is in the process of being rebranded to Shifter[.[io. Launched in 2013, Microleaves is a service that allows customers to route their Internet traffic through PCs in virtually any country or city around the globe. Microleaves works by changing each customer's Internet Protocol (IP) address every five to ten minutes. The service, which accepts PayPal, Bitcoin and all major credit cards, is aimed primarily at enterprises engaged in repetitive, automated activity that often results in an IP address being temporarily blocked — such as data scraping, or mass-creating new accounts at some service online. In response to a report about the data exposure from KrebsOnSecurity, Microleaves said it was grateful for being notified about a "very serious issue regarding our customer information." Abhishek Gupta is the PR and marketing manager for Microleaves, which he said in the process of being rebranded to "Shifter.io." Gupta…

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