Health accessory maker iHealthLabs has suffered from a data breach, CEO Yi Liu said in an email to customers this evening. In the email, Liu explains that a security researcher was able to decrypt encrypted email addresses of users, but that iHealthLabs was able to correct the software error within 24 hours of confirmation…

The email says that between January 5th and February 7th, a security researcher with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada was able to decrypt “some users’ encrypted email addresses.” The security hole was seemingly open for over a month, with iHealthLabs verifying the problem on February 13th, 2018 and correcting it within 24 hours.

As a result of this research, the researcher was able to decrypt some users’ encrypted email addresses that were sent in encrypted form from our server as a result of a software error.

iHealthLabs has subsequently been in contact with the security researcher, who says he deleted the decrypted email addresses. However, the company says it is “conducting a review of our software and will notify you if there are any significant developments.”

Ultimately, iHealthLabs does not believe that any health information was included in the breach:

Because this incident was limited to your email address and did not include your health vitals or other information, we do not believe any further action from you is warranted at this time.

iHealthLabs makes a range of health products, including some that integrate with Apple’s HealthKit platform.

Thanks, Tim!

FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.


Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author