23andMe blames customers for data breach

03/01/2024 | TechCrunch

Following the data breach that affected almost 7 million of its customers, genetic testing company 23andMe is attempting to deflect the blame in an attempt to absolve itself of any responsibility. In a letter sent to a group of victims, the company claims that “users negligently recycled and failed to update their passwords following these past security incidents, which are unrelated to 23andMe.” The letter goes on to state that the incident was not a result of 23andMe’s alleged failure to maintain reasonable security measures. Lawyers representing the victims argue that the company is “shamelessly” blaming the victims of the data breach and should have implemented more robust safeguards to protect against credential stuffing.

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