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A gaggle of 23andMe customers’ information was stolen by hackers and posted on the market on BreachForum, Wired reported.

On Friday (Oct. 6), the corporate confirmed that information was compromised, however mentioned that there wasn’t an information breach. As an alternative, the hackers guessed the logins for customers after which used DNA Relations, an opt-in 23andMe characteristic the place customers share info with one another, to assemble extra information.

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The stolen information seems to be a focused assault on Ashkenazi Jews because the hacker who posted the pattern information on BreachForum, “claimed it contained over a million information factors about solely Ashkenazi Jews,” based on Wired. Moreover, a whole lot of hundreds of customers of Chinese language first rate had their information leaked.

“We had been made conscious that sure 23andMe buyer profile info was compiled by means of entry to particular person 23andMe.com accounts,” the corporate mentioned in a press release to Wired. “We imagine that the menace actor could have then, in violation of our phrases of service, accessed 23andme.com accounts with out authorization and obtained info from these accounts.” 

The hacker is promoting 23andMe information profiles for between $1 to $10 and the pattern information contains Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Sergey Brin. These profiles embrace identify, intercourse, start 12 months, and a few further genetic info. However 23andMe informed Wired that, whereas information was compromised, the pattern information has not been verified by the corporate.

The tactic probably used within the leak was “credential stuffing,” a way the place beforehand breached credentials are used on different accounts. It is efficient as a result of folks reuse passwords. 23andMe recommends customers allow two-factor authentication to guard themselves going ahead.

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