Adult FriendFinder hacked, users’ intimate details exposed on Dark Web

Adult FriendFinder hacked, users’ intimate details exposed on Dark Web

Adult FriendFinder, a website billed meet sugar daddy in Salt Lake City as a way for people to “find friends, sex, flings and hookups,” has had a serious data breach.

Teksquisite said many of the 15 spreadsheets in the data dump included only email addresses – but 400,000 of the accounts included details that could be used to identify users, such as their username, date of birth, gender, race, IP address, zip codes, and sexual orientation

Millions of people who thought they were using a discreet service to find casual sex have had their private data exposed online – including personal emails, sexual orientation and whether they were looking to cheat on their partners.

As the UK’s Channel 4 News reported yesterday, 3.9 million users of Adult FriendFinder had their information published on a hacker forum on the Dark Web – the shady, anonymous part of the Internet hidden by strong encryption that has become (amongst other things) a haven for cybercriminals.

Among the accounts exposed were email addresses for military service members and government workers, who could be targeted for blackmail, the news station reported.

FriendFinder Networks Inc. – the parent company of Adultfriendfinder – acknowledged a “potential data security issue,” and said it has hired a security consultant to investigate.

Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to determine with certainty 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 from our investigation.

The trove of data was published on a Dark Web forum by a hacker named ROR[RG], Channel 4 News reported. Continue reading “Adult FriendFinder hacked, users’ intimate details exposed on Dark Web”