Re: Family Tree Maker Exposes Data on 60,000 Users #general #announcements

Bruce Brown

On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 12:59 PM, Jan Meisels Allen wrote:
Family Tree Maker had a data breach leaking 25 GB of data linked to users of the Family Tree Maker software.
The mention of a "data breach" may be wrongly interpreted by many that their user data was actually stolen by some bad guy or group. This was not stated as such in the referenced source articles.

This was a "white hat" (good guy) exercise to look for weaknesses in the FTM database. The team found the weaknesses and supposedly the vendor corrected problem. These sort of white hat attacks are extremely useful and helpful in improving database security. Is it possible that some bad guy stole the data before the fix? Yes, but that was not stated or proven in the articles.

Bruce Brown
Falls Church, VA

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