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Adult Friend Finder in Huge Data Heist

Paul Rubens - November 14, 2016 - 10:47 AM
Adult Friend Finder in Huge Data Heist
Criminals have penetrated a popular sex site and stolen millions of users' passwords, according to a report.

(CCM) — Adult Friend Finder, an online "sex and swinger community," has fallen victim to a huge data breach involving the theft of over 400 million users' login details, according to a BBC report. If the report is correct, then this is the second largest data heist ever — in terms of the number of users affected — after the one that Yahoo announced in September, which affected about 500 million users. The Adult Friend Finder leak covers login information going back 20 years and includes accounts that have long been deleted, according to the BBC. The site's operator has begun an investigation and fixed a vulnerability, but it is not clear if this is the vulnerability that allowed hackers to gain entry to the site and steal the login information. Adult Friend Finder previously fell victim to hackers as recently as May 2015, when 3.5 million users' data was stolen.

An analysis of the stolen information by Leaked Source, the company that reported the breach, shows that 5,650 accounts were associated with U.S. government email addresses (ending in .gov) and 78,301 were associated with U.S. military email addresses (ending in .mil). When hacks of this type occur, the usernames and passwords are often sold in hacker forums on the internet, and since many people use the same passwords on different sites, it is possible that many Adult Friend Finder customers' passwords were already known to criminals.

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