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DNA Testing Company MyHeritage Says 92 Million User Email Addresses Have Been Exposed

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MyHeritage, one of the world’s leading DNA-testing companies, recently disclosed that a researcher had found on a private server the email addresses and hashed passwords of every customer that had signed up for its service.

MyHeritage said Monday in a blog post that the breach involved roughly 92 million user accounts that were created through October of last year.

The company said the breach occurred on October 26, 2017. But the service did not learn about the incident until Monday, more than seven months later.

The company said that it does not store customer credit card information.

Sensitive data such as DNA information and family trees are stored on systems that are separate from those that contain email addresses, the company said. “We have no reason to believe those systems have been compromised.”

MyHeritage said it is “taking immediate steps” to hire an independent cybersecurity firm to investigate the breach and determine its scope.

Originally via The Washington Post

One of the world’s leading DNA-testing companies recently disclosed that a researcher had found on a private server the email addresses and hashed passwords of every customer that had signed up for its service.

See the original article at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2018/06/05/ancestry-service-myheritage-says-92-million-customer-email-addresses-were-exposed/

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