Tue. Nov 12th, 2019

DNA testing startup Veritas Genetics confirms knowledge breach

Veritas Genetics, a DNA testing startup, has stated an information breach resulted within the theft of some buyer info.

The Danvers, Mass.-based firm stated its customer-facing portal had “just lately” been breached however didn’t say when. Though the portal didn’t include check outcomes or medical info, the corporate declined to say what info had been stolen — solely that a handful of consumers had been affected.

The corporate has not issued a public assertion, nor has it acknowledge the breach on its web site. A spokesperson for Veritas didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Bloomberg first reported the information.

Veritas, whose opponents embody 23andMe, Ancestry and MyHeritage, says it could analyze and perceive a human genome utilizing a smaller portion of a person’s DNA, permitting clients to raised perceive what well being dangers they could face in later life or go on to their kids.

Though the stolen knowledge didn’t embody private well being info, it’s more likely to additional gasoline issues that well being startups, notably corporations coping with delicate DNA and genome info, can’t shield their customers’ knowledge.

Privateness stays an rising concern in genetics testing after regulation enforcement have served authorized calls for in opposition to DNA assortment and genetics testing corporations to assist establish suspects in prison circumstances. Simply this week, it was reported that a “sport changer” warrant obtained in Florida allowed one police division to go looking the total database of GEDmatch, a DNA testing firm, which final 12 months was utilized by police to assist catch the infamous Golden State Killer.

Some 26 million customers have used an at-home genetics testing package.

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