GEDmatch is an online service to compare DNA data files from different testing companies such as My Heritage. GEDmatch was notably used by law enforcement to identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California in 2018.
On July 22, 2020, GEDmatch experienced a security breach orchestrated through a sophisticated attack on one of their servers via an existing user account. As a result of this breach, all user permissions were reset, making all profiles visible to all users and users who did not opt-in for law enforcement matching were available for law enforcement matching.
This is yet another way that thieves targeting the more vulnerable “armoured car” instead of the bank to leak data.
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Michael Lalande, e-Discovery Associate