The company announced that it recently discovered authorized access to its customer-facing portal, the good news is that the portal didn’t contain genetic data, DNA-test results or health records.
“The security and privacy of customer information is a top priority, and we have security processes and procedures in place as part of this commitment, including segregating and securing genomic data on separate systems,” reads a statement published by Veritas Genetics.
The company did not reveal when exactly it became aware of the security breach, at the time it is not clear how long the customer data had been exposed.
Unlike other DNA-testing firms, Veritas Genetics provides the complete analysis of the person’s DNA, the company sequences all 6.4 billion letters of a genome, allowing its customers to have insights into hundreds of genetic diseases.
The company pointed out that only a portion of its customers has been impacted by the security breach, but did not provide further details on the attack or what information was accessible. Veritas announced that it has discovered the root cause of the unauthorized access and has already addressed it. The firm hired external cybersecurity experts to investigate the incident, it also started notifying potentially impacted customers.
“Our forensic investigation is ongoing, and we will notify any potentially impacted individual as appropriate under applicable law,” states the company.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.