Veritas Genetics Data Breach

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Veritas Genetics Data Breach
Short Title DNA-testing Firm Veritas Genetics Confirms a Data Breach
Location United States
Date November 2019

Taxonomy Insecurity
Information Identifying, Contact
Threat Actors Veritas Genetics Inc.

Individuals
Affected Some users of Veritas Genetics
High Risk Groups
Secondary Consequences

DNA-testing firm Veritas Genetics was found to have experienced a security breach that included customer information.

Description

Veritas Genetics is a DNA-testing startup. Unlike other more popular DNA-testing companies, that analyse only a small fraction of a person’s DNA, Veritas sequences all 6.4 billion letters of a genome.

In November 2019 the company was found to have experienced a security breach that included customer information. The nature of the breach was unauthorised access. Insecurity

Veritas claimed, that the genetic and health data of customers was not affected by the breach, but there was no clarification on personal information involved in the breach. It’s likely that the breach affected other personal data collected by Veritas: identifying information, contact information.

Although the breached data did not include biometric information, it’s concerning that a health startup fails to apply needed security measures to protect users’ data.

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Sources

https://themarkup.org/ask-the-markup/2020/02/25/dna-testing-kit
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-06/breach-at-dna-test-firm-veritas-exposed-customer-information
https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/07/veritas-genetics-data-breach/