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The Era of DNA Database Hacks Is Here

A major data breach shows genetic information is vulnerable to attack

A close up of a gloved hand holding up a DNA autoradiogram next to a petri dish to illustrate genetic research.
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the morning of July 19, hackers accessed the online DNA database GEDmatch and temporarily allowed police to search the profiles of more than 1 million users that were previously not accessible to law enforcement. GEDmatch is a genealogy tool that allows users to upload their DNA…