The 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.
The hacker claiming responsibility, who goes by the handle ROR[RG], posted several spreadsheets detailing the data records of more than 3.5 million users.
According to PC World, the leaked information was first identified on the dark web in March.
Researchers said that as awareness of the breach spread on Friday, more copies of the files 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.
It’s easy for those of us who would never consider signing up for a site like Adult Friend Finder to smirk at the users’ discomfort, but we shouldn’t forget that both they and the Adult Friend Finder website itself are victims of a criminal act.
By the way, it’s good to see that Adult Friend Finder has posted a (rather subtle by their standards) warning on their home page: I guess we should be grateful about that, as I previously complained about the lack of communication Adult Friend Finder had made to its exposed umm.. Clicking on it will take you to an advisory about what is described as a “potential security incident”.She said the person who posted the data sets claimed to be owed nearly 0,000 by the company.Friend Finder Networks told USA Today that the size of the breach wasn’t immediately clear.“What makes this one more controversial is the nature of the site.” He said more than 200 breaches had been reported worldwide so far this year.An anonymous reader notes this report from Channel 4 News that Adult Friend Finder, one of the largest dating sites in the world, has suffered a database breach that revealed personal information for 3.9 million of its users. Channel 4 News said it found a database of 3.9 million of Adult Friend Finder.com’s members 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.