FILE PHOTO: Attendees visit the 23andMe booth at the RootsTech annual genealogical event in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., February 28, 2019. REUTERS/George Frey

An American company active in the field of genetics has been attacked several times in recent months, and in the latest case, hackers exposed the genetic data of millions of users, including the information of Elon Musk.

About two weeks ago, a hacker stole millions of people’s genetic information from 23andMe’s database. This private company is an active company in the field of medicine, carrying out various genetic tests and biotechnology, located in California, USA.

Now, two weeks later, 23andMe has announced that it has been hit by another cyber attack on company data. The hacker, who goes by the username Golem, claims to have stolen 4 million genetic profiles belonging to people from Britain and the wealthiest people living in the United States and Western Europe.

Famous figures such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are among the people whose information was stolen. Also, the information of more than 1 million people of Jewish descent was exposed on the Internet, which includes a variety of data, including user names, gender, date of birth, geographic location, profile picture, and their genetic results.

The Washington Post quoted a company spokesperson as saying that the disclosed Jewish data includes people with even 1 percent Jewish ancestry. According to this news source, anti-Semitism has become more prevalent on social media in the past year as some people blame Jews for illegal immigration, media manipulation or financial misconduct.

According to a report from BleepingComputer, Golem has recently released data about users on a site, and this new leak contains 4 million lines of data. The hacker claims that the stolen data includes the genetic information of the royal family, the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers. He announced: In this list you can see the richest people living in the United States and Western Europe.

Given the volume of information allegedly stolen, we will likely continue to see more leaks; Because the threat agent is trying to attract enough interest to attract a buyer. In contrast, while 23andMe says only a small number of customer accounts were compromised, the company’s DNA Relatives feature suggests the data breach was much larger.

It should be noted that many complaints have been filed against this company before, which shows that the company has not adequately protected customer data.

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