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‘uKnowKids’ Accuse Security Researcher of Hacking its Computers

A condemnation of executing hacks on Chris Vickery Security Researcher followed when he found one leaked database consisting of critical information belonging to the USA-based uKnowKids.com which assists parents towards tracking their kids' Web browsing.

Vickery has been performing such hacks since the last months when he unearthed large-scale data infringements within numerous organizations namely MacKeeper, Microsoft, OkHello, Hello Kitty, iFit, Slingo, Hzone and Vixlet.

The researcher found leakage of the database spanning some 48-days because of one wrongly configured MongoDB installation. According to him, he managed reaching all content of the database despite not entering a password. uKnowKids' parent company uKnow stated that 2 Internet Protocol addresses again-and-again acquired illegitimate admission into the database for 26-hrs during February 16-17, 2016. And while the company was sure both the addresses were of the security researcher, it still requires conformation. Furthermore, 2 additional IP addresses whose tracking was to credible entities too uncovered the database, however, did not scrutinize its contents. Scmagazineuk.com posted this, February 26, 2016.

The company's chief executive officer, according to Vickery, contacted him and indirectly threatened for his alleged hacks into the company's systems as well as for possessing illegitimately acquired data on his PC. Subsequently, a February 22 dated blog-post from uKnowKids made it appear as if Vickery was maliciously-inclined while merely pretended to be one security researcher.

Meanwhile according to uKnow, Vickery's work proved useful; however, the company didn't acquiesce with his methodologies since they endangered intellectual property and customer data. So uKnow asked Vickery to erase each-and-every replica of its database that Vickery asserts he has done, nevertheless, there still remains screenshots of certain information.

The social-networking websites skewered uKnowKids much because of their unprofessional reaction. This prompted the company to release one more blog-post dated February 25, wherein they thanked Mr. Vickery along with disclosing an internal probe's results.

Steve Woda, CEO of uKnowKids informs that his company patched the leaked database one-and-a-half hours from Vickery's e-mail, which stated that Vickery alone took down the data as well as that Vickery alone along with dual verified sources acquired admission into the database when it stayed leaked.

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