MyHeritage: Hack Affecting 92 Million Users

The Israeli start-up company, located in Or Yehuda, faces a  problem.

A security researcher claims he has located over 92 million accounts of the Israeli company MyHeritage that allows DNA testing and helps users trace their family trees. The publication states that these are users who registered for the service on or before October 26, 2017.

The company’s chief information security officer reported that the security researcher who detected the breach informed him that he found a file on an external server that contained all the details of the customers and the personal information that was included on the site. In all the breach effects 92,283,889 users. The information found on the server includes a user email address and a password algorithm, not the passwords themselves, but according to security experts, experienced hackers can crack this out and get the passwords. The company goes on to explain that each of these hashed passwords differ from one another, which would make it even more difficult to break. 

For those who do not know, MyHeritage allows you to create your family tree and locate relatives who have “lost” over time. According to reports, there are over 35 million family trees on the site. The company will soon be rolling out two factor authentication to all users.



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