MyHeritage Confirms 92 Million Breached

What happened?

Genealogy and DNA testing service MyHeritage confirmed a recent breach affecting more than 92 million customers. According to reports, email addresses and hashed passwords were impacted by this breach. 

The Israeli-based company has nearly 100 million users from all over the world – with offices in North America, Israel and Europe.  MyHeritage consists of both genealogy networking and DNA testing services similar to AncestryDNA, 23andMe and Family Tree Now. 

A security researcher discovered a file containing email addresses and hashed passwords on a private server not associated with MyHeritage databases, the company said. Password hashing scrambles a user’s true password when it is stored by a company, adding an extra layer of protection to passwords if they fall into the wrong hands. 

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