DNA-testing company informs consumers of data breach

DNA-testing startup Veritas Genetics experienced a data breach that may have exposed consumers' information, according to Bloomberg.

The company said it recently discovered that a customer-facing portal had been accessed by an unauthorized user. Veritas confirmed that the portal didn't store genetic data, DNA-test results or health records. The company declined to comment to Bloomberg on what information was accessible due to the data breach.

Veritas said only a handful of patients were potentially affected. Though it's unclear how long the portal was exposed, the company has since fixed the issue and is conducting an investigation with the help of external cybersecurity experts.

"The security and privacy of customer information is a top priority, and we have security processes and procedures in place as part of this commitment, including segregating and securing genomic data on separate systems," Veritas said in a statement to Bloomberg.

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