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Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Genealogy site MyHeritage says 92 million user accounts compromised

MyHeritage, one of the nation’s most popular online genealogy sites, said a security breach had affected the email addresses and hashed passwords of 92 million users, raising concerns about the security of more sensitive data that the company collects.

The website allows users to create family trees, search historical records, and look for possible relatives. It also operates MyHeritage DNA, a genetic testing service that lets users to send in their spit and have their genetic information analyzed.

In a statement issued late Monday afternoon, MyHeritage said there was “no reason to believe” that data other than email addresses and hashed passwords had been accessed without authorization. Family trees or genetic data, it said, are stored on different systems with “added layers of security.”

A security researcher contacted the company after discovering a file named “myheritage” on a private server, MyHeritage said. The company reviewed the file and confirmed it contained the email addresses of every user who had signed up for MyHeritage before Oct. 26, 2017, along with their hashed passwords, which conceal a user’s actual password.

A study published in 2017 found that genetic testing sites could be vulnerable to computer hacks that expose personal genetic information.



Anonymous said...

One good reason not to be suckered into giving out even a little of that information.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, Discover card wants all your account numbers and social security number in one file so they can "keep an eye out" on the dark web for any leaks for you, and Facebook wants all your porn and private information in one file so they can search around to see if any of that has leaked out "for you".

Of course, those two computers can NEVER be hacked into, right?

It's for "your protection".

lmclain said...

He discovered something on a "private server"?

It doesn't sound so "private" to me.

The DNA of EVERYONE is the ultimate goal and it has NOTHING to do with telling you your parent were Scottish and you real dad was German.
The police are already in those files, overjoyed and gleeful.
You keep on cheering.
And falling for those commericals.
Actually, I think you fall for ANYTHING.
Stupid people are easily led.
They will never, ever, under any condition, EVER use that against you or for other purposes.
Cheerleaders and sheep.
Like I said...fall for anything.