We previously alerted readers to the fact that the most recent data compromise of 23andMe exposed data related to Ashkenazi Jews and individuals of Chinese descent. It is reported by Ars Technica, citing TechCrunch, that “nearly half of 23andMe’s 14 million users’ [information] was hacked,” estimated at 6.9 million users.

23andMe is notifying affected users.

We previously reported on the unfortunate data breach suffered by 23andMe last month and its implications. We never imagined how horrible it could be.

According to an October 6, 2023, posting by Wired earlier that week, hackers involved with the 23andMe breach posted “an initial data sample on the platform BreachForums…claiming that it contained 1

We have published blog posts before on sharing genetic information and the risk associated with the disclosure of such sensitive information.

Unfortunately, our concerns have been realized. On Monday, October 9, 2023, 23andMe confirmed that its investigation into a data security incident involving customer profile information shared through its DNA Relatives feature “was compiled from

DNA technology has assisted law enforcement in identifying criminals for decades.  The U.S. National DNA Database System stores the DNA data of millions of criminals, and allows law enforcement officers around the country to compare and match forensic evidence in this central repository.  This closed universe of DNA only contains data from individuals arrested or