Data Breaches

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Date Made Public:
December 23, 2017
Company: Ancestry's RootsWeb.com
Location: Lehi, Utah
Type of breach:
DISC
Type of organization:
BSR
Records Breached:
300,000

Ancestry's RootsWeb.com server, which hosts a free genealogical community site, exposed a file containing emails, login information, and passwords of 300,000 users.

hile the 300,000 accounts were affiliated with RootsWeb.com's surname list service that it retired earlier this year, 55,000 of the user names belonged to both the free RootsWeb.com site and also to Ancestry.com, which charges for some of its genealogical services.  

The company noted that 7,000 of the emails and log-in credentials belonged to active Ancestry.com users.

RootsWeb does not host sensitive information like credit card and social security numbers, the company stated, further noting it has "no reason to believe that any Ancestry systems were compromised."

https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2017/12/23/rootsweb-security-update/

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