Breach Brief – Veritas Genetics, Krystal Burgers

Published On November 8, 2019 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs, News and Analysis

Veritas Genetics, a DNA testing start up company has reported a data breach of its customer facing website. According the company recently became aware of the unauthorized access involving a consumer-facing portal. Veritas said the site was a not holding genetic data or health records. Veritas hasn’t publicly reported the exact nature of the breach, what information was accessed, when it became aware of the incident or how long the portal was exposed. However the company did state that only a “handful” of customers were affected.

Veritas Genetics is another competitor in the crowded field of DNA testing companies that include rivals such as 23andMe and Veritas Genetics seeks a competitive advantage by providing genome sequencing tests cheaper and more affordable. In a July announcement the company claimed that since 2016 it had sold only about 5,000 genomes directly to individual consumers.

Krystal Burgers

Krystal hamburger restaurant chain reported a security incident that potentially resulted in some U.S. customer payment card details being compromised.

Krystal, which operates more than 300 fast food outlets in the southern U.S. released a security alert saying the incident involved “one of the payment processing systems that services some of our restaurants.” Customers who used payment cards at Krystal restaurants from July through September of 2019 maybe at risk. The scale of the attack was limited due to the multiple systems used by the chain.

Krystal has set up a locator to help customers determine which locations were affected. Just click on location.

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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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