Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

DNA Site MyHeritage Spills Data on 92m Users

Popular DNA testing service reports breach affecting 92 million users MyHeritage breach exposes 92M emails and hashed passwords
Laurie Berry | 07 June, 2018, 11:34

It did however confirm that the data originated from MyHeritage and included email addresses and hashed passwords of 92,283,889 users.

The security breach affects all users who signed up to the site up to October 26, 2017. The website now has 96 million users; 1.4 million users have taken the DNA test.

The post went on to explain that the company does not store user passwords, only a one-way hash of each password, and the hash key, known as salt, differs for each user.

The incident was brought to the ancestry site's attention by a security researcher who came across the file named "myheritage" on a private server outside of MyHeritage.

MyHeritage said that the hashing is "one-way", meaning that it is nearly impossible to turn the hashed password back into the original.

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When you trust a company for genealogy and DNA testing services, you trust them with your highly sensitive private data. If the hackers here had data of yours from a different data breach, and the email addresses and passwords are identical, they could easily access your MyHeritage account. This server contained email addresses and hashed passwords.

There is "no reason to believe" the systems with genetic data "have been compromised", Deutsch said. Credit card information, for example, isn't stored on the website but with trusted third-party payment processors like BlueSnap and PayPal.

Immediately upon learning about the incident, we set up an Information Security Incident Response Team to investigate the incident. It's also working with an independent cybersecurity firm, which will conduct reviews to determine the scope of the breach and offer suggestions on preventing something like this from happening again.

Deutsch added in a follow-up post published today that "from the moment this became known to us we have been working literally around the clock, taking additional steps to help protect our users". In the meantime, users are advised to change their passwords. Other types of sensitive data such as family trees and DNA data are stored by MyHeritage on segregated systems, separate from those that store the email addresses, and they include added layers of security.

The barrage of data breaches highlights the heightened risks of identity theft and the continued vulnerabilities presented by databases of customer information and mobile apps. The company said it's also speeding up its work to roll out two-factor authentication for users.

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