Hacker leaks 4 million more 23andMe user records, including records of “wealthiest people living in the US and Western Europe”
The situation regarding the 23andMe data breach took a turn for the worse on Wednesday. The same hacker responsible for leaking a treasure trove of user data stolen from the genetic testing company 23andMe two weeks ago has now released four million additional user records.
A concerning development unfolded on Tuesday when a hacker known as “Golem” released a fresh dataset of 23andMe user data, comprising records of around four million users. The dataset was shared on the popular cybercrime forum, BreachForums.
A cursory investigation revealed that some of this newly leaked data corresponds to known and publicly available 23andMe user and genetic information. As of the time of writing, there has been no immediate response from 23andMe spokespeople regarding this breach.
Golem said that the dataset includes details about individuals hailing from Great Britain, and it even includes data on “the wealthiest people living in the U.S. and Western Europe on this list.” The hacker also provided a link for the general public to download the file, which “automatically deletes after being downloaded 10 times.”
“The data includes information on all wealthy families serving Zionism. You can see the wealthiest people living in the US and Western Europe on this list.
Even if just one person from a family takes this test, it provides very detailed information about third-generation cousins.
There are samples from hundreds of families, including the royal family, Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and more.
You can write to me in private messages for more detailed information like raw data.
I’m not a Muslim, but I’m holding myself back with difficulty from uploading hundreds of TBs of data to torrents due to the despicable Israel attacking the hospital.
After all, there are innocent people in these data. They don’t need to be afraid; your important data is in safer hands than with 23andMe,” Golem wrote.
The data breach was first reported early this month following multiple reports that the DNA data of over 7 million 23andMe users had been stolen. As we reported last week, the breach mainly focused on users with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and compromised data including names, profile photos, genetic ancestry results, date of birth, and geographical location.
23andMe confirmed the incident last week but later denied the data breach incident. Instead, the popular family genetics website said that the hackers guessed the logins for users and then used an opt-in feature called DNA Relatives to access more data. 23andMe also added that it has reported the incident to law enforcement and is asking all customers to change their passwords and use two-factor authentication.
However, Reuters reported that hackers advertised millions of “pieces of data” stolen from 23andMe, citing posts made to an online forum where digital thieves often advertise leaked data. The hackers are attempting to sell the data, with prices ranging from $1 to $10 per account, depending on the quantity.
23andMe is a human genome research company enabling users to study their ancestry, genealogy, and inherited traits. It was founded in 2006 by Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza, and Anne Wojcicki to provide genetic testing and interpretation to individual consumers. In 2007, Google invested US$3,900,000 in the company, along with Genentech, New Enterprise Associates, and Mohr Davidow Ventures. Wojcicki was married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin at the time.