The genetic testing company, 23andMe, known for its popular DNA ancestry and health reports, is facing a class-action lawsuit following a data breach that resulted in the personal information of Jewish customers being exposed on the dark web.
The so-called “dark web” is the world wide web content that exists on darknets: overlay networks that use the Internet but require specific software, configurations, or authorization to access. Through the dark web, private computer networks can communicate and conduct business anonymously without divulging identifying information, such as a user’s location. The dark web forms a small part of the deep web, the part of the web not indexed by web search engines, although sometimes the term deep web is mistakenly used to refer specifically to the dark web. The breach raises significant concerns not only about the security of sensitive genetic data but also the potential for this information to be exploited in harmful ways. This lawsuit underscores the growing need for robust cybersecurity measures in the genetic testing industry.
The Data Breach