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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1 Billion Breached, 2nd Yahoo Hack

Yahoo 1 Billion Users Breached

UPDATE 10/5/2017: In 2016, Yahoo confirmed that its 2013 data breach affected 1 billion accounts – making it the largest data breach in history. Unfortunately, the company confirmed today that all Yahoo accounts were affected, bringing the number closer to 3 billion. 

Yahoo’s breach compromised email, Tumblr, Fantasy and Flickr accounts. The news comes after the company received new information that revealed more accounts were impacted than originally reported.  Continue reading