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Title: Massive Data Breach at 23andMe Compromises Personal Information of 6.9 Million Users Summary: Hackers have gained unauthorized access to personal information from approximately 6.9 million cus

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Question: 2. Read the article and summarize it in the discussion. 3. A response to the article: You must have the following: • Argumentative responses: Take a position on the discussed topic and use evidence supporting your claim -- two pieces of evidence. Keep this brief. Defend, Challenge, or Qualify • Rhetorical analysis: Write a thesis statement and a short response where you analyze at least one rhetorical choice made by the author. On this one, you will write the thesis statement identifying the rhetorical choice, and then you will briefly explain how the rhetorical choice benefits the argument. • NOTE: You are not writing an essay here. You are giving me an overview, showing that you understand the task and know how to identify these different components. To keep your sentences brief, be intentional with YOUR word choice. 23andMe: Profiles of 6.9 million people hacked 5th December 2023, 07:48 CST Share By Shiona McCallum & Joe Tidy BBC News Getty Images Welcome pack from 23andMeGetty Images Hackers have been able to gain access to personal information from about 6.9 million users of genetic testing company 23andMe, using customers' old passwords. In some cases this included family trees, birth years and geographic locations, the company said. After weeks of speculation the firm has put a number on the breach, with more than half of its customers affected. The stolen data does not include DNA records. 23andMe is a giant of the growing ancestor-tracing industry. It offers genetic testing from DNA, with ancestry breakdown and personalised health insights. The biotechnology company, which is based in South San Francisco, was not hacked itself but cyber-criminals logged into about 14,000 individual accounts, or 0.1% of customers, by using email and password details previously exposed in other hacks. As was first reported by Tech Crunch, the company has acknowledged that by accessing those accounts, hackers were then able to find their way into "a significant number of files containing profile information about other users' ancestry". The criminals downloaded not just the data from those accounts but the private information of all other users they had links to across the sprawling family trees on the website. The stolen data includes information like names, how each person is linked and in some cases birth years, locations, pictures, addresses and the percentage of DNA shared with relatives. As first reported by TechCrunch, the hackers were able to access the family tree profile information of about 1.4 million other customers participating in the DNA relatives feature, including display names and relationship labels. One batch of data was advertised on a hacking forum as a list of people with Jewish ancestry, sparking concerns of targeted attacks. But there is currently no evidence that any of the datasets being advertised have had any buyers or that they have been used by criminals. Oz Alashe, CEO of CybSafe, a risk management platform, said that the data breach at 23andMe "emphasises the importance of improving cyber-security behaviours in the general population". "Poorly secured accounts, with weak passwords and no two-factor authentication, put all those sharing their sensitive data at risk," he said. 23andMe said it was now telling all affected customers, as required by law. The firm will be forcing customers to change their passwords and improve their account security.

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Summary: Hackers obtained personal information from around 6.9 million users of genetic testing company, 23andMe, using customers' old passwords, which did not include DNA records. The exposed data encompasses family trees, birth years, and geographic locations. However, no evidence suggest that the data have been used by criminals. 23andMe is now compelling all affected customers to change their passwords and boost their account security. Argumentative Response: The breach underscores the gravity of cyber-security issues and people's laxity towards basic data security practices. Two evidences that outline this argument: first, the hackers used old passwords - indicating lax security habits by the users, and second, the broad extent of the breach, which affected over half of 23andMe's customers, showcasing the severity. Rhetorical Analysis: Thesis Statement: The authors of this article effectively employ statistical data as a rhetorical device to underline the magnitude of the data breach. Analysis: The utilization of such data intensifies the gravity of the incident, thereby spurring readers to enhance their own cybersecurity practices. It serves as a potent reminder of the risks associated with personal data sharing and digital privacy in the modern era.

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Jan. 29, 2024, 6:50 a.m.

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Published: Monday, January 29, 2024

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