30 Dec Ancestry.com Leaks Data of 300,000 Users
Last weekend, Ancestry.com Chief Information Security Officer Tony Blackham confirmed that the company had suffered a data leak which may have compromised the passwords, email addresses, and usernames of around 300,000 of its users.
The company shut down parts of its genealogy site RootsWeb as it investigated the leak. According to preliminary findings, the data may have been exposed as early as November 2015 due to an unsecured server. However, there were no signs that the exposed data had been accessed by malicious parties, and Ancestry also assured that no sensitive information such as credit card data or social security numbers were compromised.