MyHeritage CyberSecurity Breach effects over 92 million customers

June 5:  Over 92 million account details from genealogy and DNA testing service MyHeritage were found on a private server, according to a release made by the company.

According to the press release, the breach actually occurred on October 26th, 2017 but is just now being made public.  The data discovered includes users who signed up for an account and service on or before that October date.

MyHeritage.com is an Israel-based ancestry platform where users can create family trees and search through familial and historical records.

MyHeritage became aware of the breach after a security researcher reached out to the company’s chief information security officer with “a file named myheritage containing email addresses and hashed passwords, on a private server outside of MyHeritage,” the release read. According to the researcher, no other data was discovered on the server.

Other data, like the DNA data and credit card information, is stored in a separate system from those that house the username and email information. The company said there’s no reason to believe that the more sensitive information was breached.

MyHeritage has since set up a response team that is investigating the incident and is “taking immediate steps to engage a leading, independent cybersecurity firm” to look into the scope of the breach.

Note for NebraskAccess users of MyHeritage:  Many of you are aware that you have free access to MyHeritage.com via the Nebraska Library Commission's NebraskaAccess portal to MyHeritage Library Edition.  Although the security report issued by MyHeritage does not specifically address "Library Edition" users or server gateway security issues, you should remain vigilant of your credit report and other types of accounts that may be tied to or linked to your Nebraska driver's license or state ID card as that is how your MyHeritage Library Edition account is validated for your free access.

MyHeritage has released updates to their security breach information and can be found at https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/06/cybersecurity-incident-june-5-6-update/

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Genealogy Roundtable Forum: July 2018

The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center conducts a monthly Genealogy Roundtable Forum on the third Saturday of each month at 1:30 pm. Topics vary in subject matter and length of presentation but are always followed up by a question & answer period. The programs are free and open to the public.

Migration of our Ancestors

Our friend and DNA guru, Robert Zemanek, will be presenting his program, Migration of our Ancestors, on Saturday, July 21st at 1:30pm at the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center in Scottsbluff.

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors migrated from? Or why they chose the new location? What caused them to make the choice to leave?

In genealogy, we often attempt to identify and discover the migrations of our ancestors, not only within the United States, but beyond, to their journeys from other countries and continents.  With the constant increase of digitized documents available on genealogy websites, we are be able to identify their movements through time, and locate the lands they called home.  However, there are still some cases where records are missing, or never existed, that leave “the brick wall” firmly in place.   Either way, it is likely that one will have more questions regarding their journey.

The presentation will identify the basics of why people migrate, that builds the basis for how you can use substitute records and history to answer the question of why they made the movements that they did.  Examples of real family migrations will be used to show how much can be learned using the process presented.  Participants will gain the ability to do the same for their own family’s migrations, and add new and interesting information about their own family’s history.

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What's New:

The following items have been added to our collection and are located in the Carole Tucker Reading Room:

• Prairie Rails : Chicago and North Western Railway
           c1979 - by Robert P. Olmsted - 168 pgs

• Chicago and North Western Memories : 1970-1980
           c1989 - by Preston Cook - 128 pgs

• The High, Dry and Dusty : Memories of the C&NW's Cowboy Line
           c1992 - by Rick W. Mills and James J. Reisdorff

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Contributions & Donations:

We wish to gratefully and publicly acknowledge the recent research material donations and/or financial contributions by the following individuals and/or organizations.  Their contributions and support is paramount to our success and we truly appreciate their generosity.

• Plains Genealogical Society

• Rebecca Winters Genealogical Society

• Northwest Genealogical Society

 **The West Nebraska Family Research & History Center was incorporated in the state of Nebraska in 2003 as a not-for-profit, public genealogy and local history research library.  Funding provided primarily through donations**

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Panhandle Genealogical Societies

Plains Genealogical Society (PGS)

The PGS meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Kimball Public Library.  Information about the society, their meetings and their programs can be e-mailed directly to Freddie Petersen, society President, at fpetersen@firstierbanks.com.

Heritage Seekers genealogy group (HSGG)

The HSGG meets on the third Thursday of each month usually at the Knight Museum in Alliance.  Information about the group and their programs can be directed to the Knight Museum staff at museum@cityofalliance.net.

Cheyenne Co., Genealogical Society (CCGS)

The CCGS meets quarterly (Jan-Apr-Jul-Oct) on the third Thursday at 2:00pm at the Sidney Public Library.  Information about the society, their meetings and their programs can be directed to Jan King at king43993@gmail.com.

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