Adult FriendFinder hacked, 4 million ‘sex partners’ exposed

Private information of almost 4 million consumers on Adult FriendFinder website has been hacked. The website is run by California based folks (as homepage displayed) and is one of the world’s biggest adult sites. The intimate information hacked include dates of birth, post codes and home addresses of registered users.

A research which was conducted by Channel 4 News has disclosed, the site has been compromised – and secret information of near about 4 million registered users have been leaked.

FriendFinder Networks Inc. owning Adult FriendFinder told Channel 4 News that FriendFinder Networks are doing a joint operation with law enforcement companies (particularly 3rd party forensics) and trying to help the members which are affected by the hack.

The WSJ (Wall Street Journal) stated in a report, Adult FriendFinder, which just recently reached 64 million followers has been promoting itself as the top website for hook-ups, dates, sex communities and swinging partners does not conserve any of the trick regarding discovering long-term love that other adult websites use.

“Andrew Auernheimer, a controversial computer hacker who looked through the files, used Twitter to publicly identify Adult FriendFinder customers, including a Washington police academy commander, an FAA employee, a California state tax worker and a naval intelligence officer who supposedly tried to cheat on his wife,” the reports adds.

Although the AFF said in a declaration, “FriendFinder Networks Inc. has only just been made aware of this potential issue and understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue.”

Enterpeise and cyber security director in Fujitsu, Rob Norris, stated that the hack was the latest in a massive line of same rolls.

Norris said, “Another day, another data breach – this time FriendFinder is in the spotlight. Although this hack is looking to be resolved quickly, it once again highlights that it is no longer about prevention, but instead about accepting a data breach will occur and moving to a proactive approach which allows better preparation for dealing with today’s threats.”

He added, “The amount of data and confidential information transacted every day, coupled with the growth in reliance on digital services, means that any organisation is at risk – making most an easy target in the eyes of a cyber-criminal.”

A cyber security consultant, Brian Honan, said that the current hack carries a major risk of damage than ever.

Brian said in his Twitter status, “I’ve always thought adult dating sites would be a perfect target for criminals to breach and use details for extortion.”

The hacked information of Adult FriendFinder’s members could be utilized to transfer virus mail or also identity budding blackmail objectives, the magazine said.

Ali Raza Ali is a freelance journalist, having 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. With a Master degree, now he combines his passions for writing about internet security and technology for SecurityGladiators. When he is not working, he loves traveling and playing games.
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