​Adult Dating Site Hack Unveils Personal Details Of Millions With Sensitive Data

Author: Rob AdamsBy:
Staff Reporter
Dec. 16, 2015

Some people are worried over an adult dating site hack with personal details of them looking for hookups online. The new breach exposes millions with a lot of sensitive data, according to CNet.

The data from the site of AdultFriendFinder.com’s members appeared in an online forum for hackers, including users’ sexual preferences, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and, in some cases, whether they were looking to cheat on their spouses.

FriendFinder Networks, which owns the site, said it has notified law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The company said there wasn’t evidence that financial information or passwords were stolen.

“Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to confirm the full scope of the incident, but we will continue to work vigilantly to address this potential issue and will provide updates as we learn more,” a company spokesman said. “Protecting our members’ information is our top priority and we will continue to take the appropriate steps.”

The adult dating site hack is unlike many recent data breaches, which have exposed passwords, e-mail addresses or credit card numbers. This hack is deeply personal.

The adult dating website, which says it has 64 million members, explicitly markets itself as the “hottest dating, hookup and sex community,” without any of the pretense of finding life-long love that some other dating sites use.

A security specialist in April discovered the trove of data online and wrote about her findings. She said the person who posted the data sets claimed to be owed nearly $250,000 by the adult dating site company.

FriendFinder Networks said that the size of the breach wasn’t immediately clear. Early on Friday morning, there wasn’t any mention of the hack on Adult FriendFinder’s website.

Security researchers from Digital Shadows, a London information security company, said they have analyzed some of the alleged Adult FriendFinder files posted online and found usernames, IP addresses, states, zip codes, ages, indication of sexual preferences and, so far, more than 2.6 million email addresses.

Researchers said that as awareness of the hack spread on Friday, more copies of the files from the adult dating site were appearing online, meaning more people potentially had access to the data.

“Breaches happen,” said Will Gragido, head of threat intelligence research for Digital Shadows. “What makes this one more controversial is the nature of the site.”

Gragido said more than 200 breaches had been reported worldwide so far this year. However, the adult dating website hack is rare and unusual.

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