Data Breach Of DNA Diagnostics Center’s Network Resulting In Unauthorized Access And Acquisition Of Archived Database With Personal Information
In a press release (“DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc. Provides Notice of Data Security Incident”) on the website of the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc. advised that “[o]n August 6, 2021, DNA Diagnostics Center, Inc. (DDC) detected potential unauthorized access to its network, during which there was unauthorized access and acquisition of an archived database that contained personal information collected between 2004 and 2012. The impacted database was associated with a national genetic testing organization system that DDC acquired in 2012. This system has never been used in DDC’s operations and has not been active since 2012.”
DDC’s press release also stated that “[t]he impacted database was associated with a national genetic testing organization that DDC has never used in its operations and has not been active since 2012. DDC acquired certain assets from this national genetic testing organization in 2012 that included certain personal information, and therefore, impacts from this incident are not associated with DDC.” Further, the press release stated that “[i]mpacted individuals may have had their information, such as Social Security numbers or payment information, impacted as a result.” [Emphasis added.]
Additional information about the data breach can be found by clicking “Data Security Incident Information Center,” a document also located on the California Attorney General’s website related to the data incident.
Informationsecuritybuzz.com reported that “DNA Diagnostics Center . . ., a US-based DNA testing company, has disclosed a hacking incident that affects 2,102,436 persons. The incident resulted in a confirmed data breach that occurred between May 24, 2021, and July 28, 2021, but the firm discovered it only on October 29, 2021.” According to informationsecuritybuzz.com, the breached information includes full names, credit and debit card number (plus CVV), financial account number and and platform account password.
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