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"23 and Me" Data Breach: What You Need to Know

Brian Levin | 12.19.2023

6.9 Million Users Affected by Security Failure

Millions of 23andMe users were affected by a data breach earlier this year. The genetic testing company confirmed the breach in October 2023. It is believed that hackers were able to access profile information, names, percentages of DNA, and other data. If you were part of the 23andMe data breach or another security failure, you should consult with an attorney.

The national securities and class action law firm, Levin Law, P.A. (“Levin Law”) provides dedicated representation for victims of data and security breaches nationwide. If a company has failed to take proper actions to protect the information of their customers, they might be subject to legal action. 

If you were affected by the 23andMe or another data breach, contact Levin Law founder and managing partner Brian Levin at (305) 402-9050 or email  to schedule a free case evaluation.

23andMe Data Breach

In October, the genetic testing company 23andMe announced that hackers had accessed account information for a portion of their consumers. In a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 23andMe announced that approximately .1% of user accounts were accessed by a threat actor. The data breach included exposure of customer usernames and passwords. 

The company further acknowledged that the breach enabled hackers to access the ancestry information of approximately 6.9 million users, as reported by TechCrunch. The SEC filing indicates that the company found out about the breach on October 1, 2023, after a “threat actor” posted online claiming that they had secured personal information from the site. The information obtained by the hacker was reportedly posted on a public domain and included ancestry and health-related data. 

Your Rights After a Data Breach

Data breaches are an unfortunate reality of the digital age. With more and more data being stored online, bad actors are becoming increasingly adept at exploiting vulnerabilities in a company’s cybersecurity system. 

If your information is leaked as a part of a data breach, you may be able to take legal action. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can determine whether you have a valid claim. A data breach may cause personal information to be exposed that could result in financial losses.

If you are notified that your account has been compromised, you first need to take steps to secure your account. In many cases, the company that suffered the breach will provide detailed information about how to change your password and set up multi-factor authentication to ensure that no one can access your account without authorization. Following these steps can help protect your information from further exposure.

Contact Levin Law, P.A. for a Free Case Evaluation

Individuals who were notified that their personal information was leaked in a data breach, such as the one experienced by 23andMe are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney. Attorney Brian Levin and the Levin Law legal team is well-versed in handling cybersecurity failures and data breaches nationwide.

Aggrieved individuals can call (305) 402-9050 or email  to schedule a free case evaluation. Most cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis, meaning clients are not obligated to pay Levin Law attorney fees unless money is recovered on their behalf. 

About Me

Levin Law is a premier national cryptocurrency, securities, commodities, futures, and class action law firm. Brian Levin, Levin Law’s founding attorney, has helped recover in excess of $150,000,000 through arbitration and litigation for individual and institutional investors throughout the country and the rest of the world. Levin Law represents retirees, individual investors, high-net-worth investors, ultra-high-net-worth investors, institutions, family offices, trusts, publicly held companies, and others.

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