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Offline Romilly

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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 22 July 20 14:09 BST (UK) »
This is very annoying, as I was planning to delete my kits from Gedmatch, and now I canít get on the Site at all:-(

I have also heard that thereís also been a data breach on the My Heritage Site too...

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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 22 July 20 15:07 BST (UK) »


I have also heard that thereís also been a data breach on the My Heritage Site too...

Romilly.

I think it's if you click on an e-mail from My Heritage spelt with a Q rather than a G

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https://thednageek.com/phishing-attempt-at-myheritage/

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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020
« Reply #20 on: Wednesday 22 July 20 16:33 BST (UK) »
I received an email from GEDMatch today advising that they have temporarily closed their site due to a security breach 'orchestrated through a sophisticated attack on one of our servers via an existing user account'.  As a result, 'all user permissions were reset, making all profiles visible to all users' for approximately 3 hours.  The hackers switched the opt-out to law enforcement matching so that everyone was 'opted in' and then GEDmatch discovered a second breach that reversed the opt-out so that no profiles were visible for law enforcement matching.

They assure me that my 'DNA information was not compromised, as GEDmatch does not store raw DNA files on the site'.

They are working with a 'leading cybersecurity firm to conduct a comprehensive forensic review' and to help them 'implement the best possible security measures'.  The incident(s) have been reported to the appropriate authorities. 

Today they were informed that 'customers of MyHeritage who are also GEDmatch customers were the target of a phishing scam'.  They don't know at this point if this was the result of the breach.  They caution against opening suspicious emails and give their correct email and phone number.  The email is signed by the CEO of Verogen Inc., Brett Williams.

So what else will 2020 bring us!  Not a question any of us really want an answer to right???

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[Edit:  Thanks for moving my post here.  I did search, but didn't find this thread.]
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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020
« Reply #21 on: Wednesday 22 July 20 16:40 BST (UK) »
Oh blast, I have just responded to my first evr MyHeritage message - although I did find the person on Ancestry too so hopefully it is genuine.

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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020
« Reply #22 on: Wednesday 22 July 20 16:44 BST (UK) »

Thanks Gadget.

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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020
« Reply #23 on: Wednesday 22 July 20 16:55 BST (UK) »
Ongoing thread here...

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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020 Back on line
« Reply #24 on: Saturday 25 July 20 18:15 BST (UK) »
I just logged in to GEDMatch, currently with the following warning

"We have completed a thorough review of the site for security vulnerabilities and have made changes where appropriate to ensure the security of your data. If you note any issues that are of concern, please submit a request tracker ticket for resolution. For our Tier 1 members we will be extending your membership by 1 week."

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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020 Back on line
« Reply #25 on: Saturday 01 August 20 19:17 BST (UK) »
Seems to have been offline again for almost 24 hours, and no updates whatsoever on the Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/officialGEDmatch/

UPDATE: Now back up again ::)


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Re: GEDmatch Security Breach 19 July 2020 Back on line
« Reply #26 on: Sunday 02 August 20 19:10 BST (UK) »
Seems to have been offline again for almost 24 hours, and no updates whatsoever on the Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/officialGEDmatch/

UPDATE: Now back up again ::)

It's down again, and no update on their Social Media page.

I am getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of communication from Verogen. It just goes down, we don't know why and they don't tell us.
I would understand if it was still in the hands of a couple of people as before, but it's not now.

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