Wyze is one of the many manufacturers of consumer-grade smart devices. They recently confirmed that user data belonging to nearly two and a half million of its customers was exposed. The root cause of the exposure was traced back to an unsecured database connected for nearly a month to an Elasticsearch cluster. This was during a period of time spanning December 4th to December 26th, 2019.

The company did not discover the database on their own. Rather, they were following a tip given to them by a reporter. This was following the developments of security researchers operating out of a company called Twelve Security, who initially discovered the database.The reporter published the article he was writing after contacting the company, but apparently, not in coordination with them.

Having been alerted to the problem, the company took swift action, but in this case, perhaps it was too swift. According to Dongsheng Song, one of the co-founders of the company and its current Chief Product Officer: