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Genealogy Site MyHeritage Says 92 Million User Accounts Compromised

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WEB Notes: This is one reason of many why you may wish to skip these type of tests. Other articles point out your data is kept by these companies and then sold off at a later date. When you pay for the service, why are they keeping and selling your data? All of this is contained in the agreement that is signed, why do the people agree to such terms? The world may never know.

MyHeritage, one of the nation’s most popular online genealogy sites, said a security breach had affected the email addresses and hashed passwords of 92 million users, raising concerns about the security of more sensitive data that the company collects.

The website allows users to create family trees, search historical records, and look for possible relatives. It also operates MyHeritage DNA, a genetic testing service that lets users to send in their spit and have their genetic information analyzed.

In a statement issued late Monday afternoon, MyHeritage said there was “no reason to believe” that data other than email addresses and hashed passwords had been accessed without authorization. Family trees or genetic data, it said, are stored on different systems with “added layers of security.”

Source: Genealogy site MyHeritage says 92 million user accounts compromised



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