DNA testing center admits to breach affecting SSNs, banking info of more than 2 million people

A DNA testing company has reported a data breach that leaked the personal information — including Social Security Numbers and banking information — of more than 2 million people, according to a notification letter the company is sending out to those affected. 

Bleeping Computer, which first reported the breach, said 2,102,436 people had their information exposed by DNA Diagnostics Center, an Ohio-based DNA testing company. 

In a notice shared on the company’s website, DNA Diagnostics Center said that on August 6, officials with the company discovered “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.”

Further investigation revealed that hackers had removed files and folders from portions of the database between May 24 and July 28. 

“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. Therefore, impacts from this incident are not associated with DDC. However, impacted individuals may have had their information, such as Social Security number or payment information, impacted as a result,” the company said in a statement. 

“Upon learning

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