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    DNA Website MyHeritage Hacked; 92 Million User Accounts Exposed

    In an odd coincidence, earlier today we asked rhetorically "what could go wrong" if millions of Americans trust a DNA collecting company - in this case - with their genetic code. At almost the exact same time, Bloomberg reported that the Israeli-based consumer genealogy website, MyHeritage had been hacked, and that the email addresses and password information linked to more than 92 million user accounts have been "compromised."
    According to MyHeritage, its security officer had received a message from a researcher who unearthed a file named “myheritage” containing email addresses and hashed passwords of 92,283,889 of its users on a private server outside the company.
    “There has been no evidence that the data in the file was ever used by the perpetrators,” the company said in a statement late Monday, supposedly in an attempt to make its nearly 100 million users and customers feel comfortable.
    It was not explicitly clear if any client "genetic material" had also been compromised as part of the security breach.
    Like and 23andMe, MyHeritage lets users submit their DNA, build family trees, search historical records and hunt for potential relatives. Founded in Israel in 2003, the site launched a service called MyHeritage DNA in 2016 that lets users send in a saliva sample for genetic analysis. The website currently has 96 million users of whom 1.4 million users have taken the DNA test.

    In a blog post, MyHeritage said the breach took place on Oct. 26, 2017, and impacts users who signed up for an account through that date. Armed with that information, a hacker could access personal information such as the identity of family members. While the company said it is unlikely that they could easily access a user’s raw genetic information, that's precisely what one would expect them to say as the alternative is going out of business as its entire user base flees.
    Still, while it wasn't certain whether or not the genetic data had been compromised, the company emphasized that DNA data is stored “on segregated systems and are separate from those that store the email addresses, and they include added layers of security.”
    As Bloomberg adds, MyHeritage has set up a 24/7 support team to assist customers affected by the breach. It plans to hire an independent cybersecurity firm to investigate the incident and potentially beef up security. In the meantime, users were prudently advised to change their passwords.

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    why I should worship the state (who apparently is the only party that can possess guns without question).
    The state's only purpose is to kill and control. Why do you worship it? - Sola_Fide

    Baptiste said.
    At which point will Americans realize that creating an unaccountable institution that is able to pass its liability on to tax-payers is immoral and attracts sociopaths?

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    Oh please, they were exposed before. All these DNA-scanning "Services" are probably just CIA ops. 23 was started by the wife of the Google guy.

    Remember how they caught some mass murderer recently based on the DNA submitted by some relative to one of these honey pots?

    The "Service" is to the gov't and any other shadowy customers they may acquire and themselves. That's who gets the data. The info they'll give you is totally fake. This is proven. The scam is easily exposed by people who actually know their genealogy and employ a "Service" anyway. "Oh, I'm 50% Russian and 15% black and 12% latino and 10% seedless watermelon." Who knew. How fascinating to... "Learn."

    No, it's a one-way data street. From you, to the Siren Server. The only scandal here is that someone got the data..... without paying for it!

    Oh, the outrage.

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