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The company pointed at people who ‘failed to update their passwords’ as sensitive data was offered for sale on forums

Three years ago, a man in Florida named JL decided, on a whim, to send a tube of his spit to the genetic testing site 23andMe in exchange for an ancestry report. JL, like millions of other 23andMe participants before him, says he was often asked about his ethnicity and craved a deeper insight into his identity. He said he was surprised by the diversity of his test results, which showed he had some Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.

JL said he didn’t think much about the results until he learned of a huge breach at the company that exposed the data of nearly 7 million people, about half of the company’s customers. Worse, he later learned of a hacker going by the pseudonym “Golem” who had offered to sell the names, addresses and genetic heritage reportedly belonging to 1 million 23andMe customers with similar Ashkenazi Jewish heritage on a shadowy dark web forum. Suddenly, JL worried his own flippant decision to catalog his genes could put him and his family at risk.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian

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