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In an email, Lena Smart, MongoDB’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), confirmed the latest MongoDB Data Breach, revealing that while investigations are underway, it has been verified that hackers accessed customer metadata and contact information.

MongoDB, a leading database management company, has fallen victim to a security incident resulting in unauthorized access to certain corporate systems. The breach, detected on the evening of December 13th, 2023, US Eastern Standard Time, has prompted an immediate and comprehensive investigation by the company.

The breach includes the exposure of customer account metadata and contact information, heightening concerns about the potential misuse of sensitive data. MongoDB activated its incident response process upon the discovery of suspicious activities, but it is believed that the unauthorized access may have been ongoing for some time before being detected.

Lena Smart, MongoDB’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), sent an email communication to MongoDB customers, outlining the details of the breach and urging caution in the wake of potential social engineering and phishing threats. The company assures customers that, as of now, there is no indication of exposure to the data stored in MongoDB Atlas, a cloud-based database service.

Despite the incident, MongoDB is actively managing the situation, with ongoing updates promised on their alert page (mongodb.com/alerts) as the investigation progresses. Relevant authorities have also been notified, underlining the seriousness of the security breach.

In a subsequent update at 5:25 PM EST on December 16, 2023, MongoDB reported a spike in login attempts, causing issues for customers attempting to access the MongoDB Atlas and Support Portal. However, MongoDB clarified that this was unrelated to the security incident and advised affected users to try again in a few minutes.

Lena Smart, in her email to customers, emphasized proactive steps to mitigate potential risks. MongoDB recommends customers be vigilant for social engineering and phishing attacks and take immediate action, such as activating phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication (MFA) and regularly rotating MongoDB Atlas passwords.

Hi,

MongoDB is investigating a security incident involving
unauthorized access to certain MongoDB corporate
systems. This includes exposure of customer account
metadata and contact information. At this time, we
are NOT aware of any exposure to the data that
customers store in MongoDB Atlas.

We detected suspicious activity on Wednesday (Dec.
13th, 2023) evening US Eastern Standard Time and
immediately activated our incident response process.
We are still conducting an active investigation and
believe that this unauthorized access has been going
on for some period of time before discovery. We have
also started notifying relevant authorities.

What should you do next?

Since we are aware that some customer
account metadata and contact information was
accessed, please be vigilant for social
engineering and phishing attacks.

If not already implemented, we encourage all
customers to activate phishing-resistant multi-
factor authentication (MFA) and regularly rotate
passwords.

MongoDB will continue to update mongodb.com/alerts
with additional information as we continue to
investigate the matter.

Sincerely,
Lena Smart
MongoDB CISO
Email sent by the company’s CISO reveals the latest MongoDB data breach (Screenshot credit: Hackread.com)

As the investigation unfolds, MongoDB customers are anxiously awaiting further updates on the situation. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the constant and evolving threats faced by companies in the digital age, underscoring the importance of robust cybersecurity measures and the need for continuous vigilance in safeguarding sensitive customer information.

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