As if engaging in an illicit affair was not risky enough, millions of cheaters will now be looking over both shoulders after hackers unmasked members of a leading adult dating site.
Adult Friend Finder, which describes itself as a “thriving sex community,” and is home to fans of swinging, S&M, and dogging, was attacked late last week, with the personal details of almost 4 million users being laid bare online.
Account details include information from members who had previously deleted their accounts, with highly personal data on sexual orientation and marital status also being revealed.
The site claims to have 63 million users globally, with more than 7 million residing in the UK. Victims of the hack are already being targeted with spam emails, many of which contain viruses.
Other personal information such as names, email addresses and dates of birth could also be used by cybercriminals to attempt ID theft or threaten users of the site with blackmail. There are even claims that an unredacted version of the stolen database is being offered for sale for 70 bitcoins, or about £108,000.
And although the attack damages the site’s security credentials, the leaked data also suggests that Adult Friend Finder is pulling the wool over many of its users eyes. Despite the site predominantly using pictures of scantily clad women to advertise its services, leaked account details contained just one woman for every 16 men on the site.
“FriendFinder Networks understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue,” a spokeswoman for the site told Channel 4. “We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics experts. We pledge to take the appropriate steps needed to protect our customers if they are affected.”
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