Hackers access DNA data of over 2 million patients


Ohio based DNA Diagnostics Center(DDC) that deals with DNA research, and paternity tests has notified the Maine Attorney General’s Office that its IT staff have discovered a cyber incident that relates to the data exposure of over 2 million patients whose DNA was tested between 2004 and 2012.

Going deep into the incident, it’s revealed that hackers infiltrated a database storing archived personal information related to National Genetic Testing Organization, now a part of DDC since 2013.

The good news is that the firm that also into COVID-19 detection has immediately secured the database and neutralized the cyber attack consequences within hours, before any big data disaster could occur.

On October 29th,2021 a detailed investigation was concluded in which it was found that the breach occurred in between May 24th 2021 to July 28th,2021 and data such as patients full names, social security numbers, credit card numbers, CVV details and financial account numbers along with Prostate Health Index (PHI) testing history was fraudulently accessed by hackers- that could lead to identity thefts and extortion related cyber attacks in the future.

DDC has notified those who were affected by the cyber incident. And if in case you got your DNA tested for any court proceedings or such scenarios and have received no update from the testing firm, then you can call to 1-85-604-156 through Mon-Friday; 9AM to 9PM Eastern Standard Time as a single call to the above stated phone number can earn you a free credit monitoring service from Experian.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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