Adult FriendFinder HACKED Discloses Details of 3.9 Million “Sex Partners”
Hackers have released intimate details of nearly four million people who subscribe to one of the world’s largest adult websites.
The sexual preferences of users, whether they are gay or straight and even if they are seeking extramarital affairs, are included in the stolen data, Channel 4 News reported last night.
Information has been leaked on 3.9 million Adult FriendFinder members, including those who have told the site to delete their accounts.
The intimate details of nearly four million users on Adult FriendFinder have been leaked. The California site (illustrated homepage) is one of the largest adult websites in the world. Personal information disclosed includes postal codes, dates of birth and addresses. The parent company said it “fully appreciates the seriousness of the problem”
Among the data stolen are addresses linked to dozens of members of the government and military, including members of the British military.
Channel 4’s investigation led to a secret forum in which a hacker dubbed MMR[RG] posted details of Adult FriendFinder users.
The dating site claims to have a total of 63 million users worldwide, including over seven million UK members.
It is not known how many Britons are among those whose details have been released.
Adult FriendFinder describes itself as a “thriving sex community” and users often share sensitive information when they sign up.
WHAT IS ADULT FRIENDFINDER?
Adult FriendFinder (AFF) is one of the largest adult social networks in the world.
It promotes itself as an online dating service for people looking for like-minded sex partners.
Users can pay for a subscription, then create their own profile and talk to others.
Members can speak in chat rooms or have a private conversation with other people and set up meetings in real life.
Adult FriendFinder promotes itself as a “thriving sex community” and users often share sensitive information when they sign up.
These include email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, zip codes, and whether the user is looking for a link.
These include email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, zip codes, unique Internet addresses of users’ computers, and sexual orientation, all of which have been revealed by hackers.
One of the British victims, Shaun Harper, expressed shock at the publication of his contact details, even though he had deleted his account.
He said: “The site looked OK, but when I got down to it I realized it wasn’t really for me, I was looking for something longer term.
“But by then, I had already given my information. You could not access the site without providing information.
“I deleted my account, so I thought the information was gone. These sites are supposed to be secure. ‘
Hours after the data breach, the secret forum hackers said they intended to hit the victims with spam emails.
Mr. Harper has been the target of emails containing viruses since his information became public.
Hackers will now begin to search the data for potential blackmail targets, according to online crime experts.
Adult FriendFinder promotes itself as a “thriving sex community” and users often share sensitive information when they sign up, before meeting in real life (stock image shown). These include email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, zip codes, and users’ computer Internet addresses.
Charlie McMurdie, Cybercrime Specialist for PwC and former Head of the Metropolitan Police Electronic Crime Unit, said: “When you have names, dates of birth, zip codes, it provides the opportunity to actually target specific people, whether they are in government or healthcare for example, so that you can profile that person and send more targeted blackmail type emails.
The front page of California-based Adult FriendFinder features photos of dozens of attractive young women.
But the hacked data, contained in 15 spreadsheets, reveals how few women seem to use Adult FriendFinder.
Of the 26,939 users with an email address in the UK, only 1,596 identified themselves as female: a ratio of one female to 16 men.
FriendFinder Networks Inc, owner of Adult FriendFinder, told Channel 4 News: “FriendFinder Networks Inc… fully understands and appreciates the seriousness of the problem.
“We have already started working closely with law enforcement and launched a full investigation with the help of a leading third-party forensic expert.
“We are committed to taking the appropriate measures necessary to protect our customers if they are affected.”