Now 23andMe got hacked

December 5 – With all the various companies and organizations recently reporting consumer data being hacked, we can now add 23andMe to the list. 

From their website, 23andMe claims that they “analyze, compile and distill your DNA information into reports on your Ancestry Composition, Ancestry Detail Reports, Maternal & Paternal Haplogroups, Neanderthal Ancestry and provide a DNA Relatives tool to enable you to connect with relatives who share similar DNA.”

Ancestry data for almost 7 million people was taken off their servers. 

The information included names, birth dates and even DNA information from customers of 23andMe. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “If you’re in that situation, you’re likely going to get the letter in the mail soon, inviting you to do security monitoring, and other things they’re going to have to do to help you clean up what could be a compromised situation.”

And the compromise could go farther than anyone actually realizes.  

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “I’m sorry, the 23andMe story, who would have thought? Who would have thought that would have been hacked? But you know the problem, if you’re related to anybody who’s done that, oh, you can be accused of a crime. I mean, you can be found to be a perpetrator of a crime based on information because your cousin or your brother or somebody did 23andMe. So, I just wonder.”

Barkdoll said, “That’s the fear here and I don’t want to get anybody scared of the use of this service, but if you read the reporting from yesterday, some of the information that’s been hacked is what you just said. When you’re in that database, they have all these family trees and all of your contacts and potential distant cousins, etc. Apparently, that’s all now been accessed to the tune of millions and millions of years. That’s obviously not the kind of information you would want floating around out there on the dark web.”