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23andMe says it’s wanting into one other potential information leak

23andMe is investigating studies of a brand new information leak involving thousands and thousands of person data. On Wednesday, TechCrunch reported {that a} hacker claims to have leaked 4 million genetic profiles belonging to individuals in Nice Britain, together with “the wealthiest individuals residing within the U.S. and Western Europe.”

The hacker, who goes by “Golem,” is similar one which stole 1 million strains of genetic information from 23andMe earlier this month, in keeping with TechCrunch. Golem posted this newest spherical of information on the hacking web site BreachForums.

Katie Watson, the vice chairman of communications at 23andMe, tells The Verge the corporate was “made conscious” that the identical hacker claims to have leaked one other trove of what they declare is buyer info. “We’re presently reviewing the info to find out whether it is reputable,” Watson says. “Our investigation is ongoing and if we study {that a} buyer’s information has been accessed with out their authorization, we’ll notify them immediately with extra info.”

In a weblog submit revealed on October sixth, 23andMe confirmed that the info included within the earlier leak was reputable and affected the platform’s DNA Family characteristic, which lets customers match with different potential genetic relations on 23andMe. On the time, 23andMe stated it discovered no signal of a safety incident inside its programs, including that the hacker was in a position to entry customers’ accounts utilizing “recycled” login credentials that have been uncovered in different hacks.

This most up-to-date leak includes the DNA Family characteristic as nicely, probably enabling the hacker to scrape the data belonging to the relations that an account has matched with.

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