Adult dating site for dating and casual sexual relationships Adult FriendFinder has reportedly been hacked, with personal user details and sexual preferences of over 3.9 million members been allegedly compromised, confirms UK’s television station Channel 4. The report states that it found a database of 3.9 million members of AdultFriendFinder.com in an online forum for hackers. The information compromised includes user’s email ids, sexual preferences, date of birth and more details that could lead to some complications in a member’s personal relationships.
The site’s parent company FriendFinder Network has confirmed the breach and said that it has notified law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. The company has decided not to divulge any further details, though it did mention that there weren’t any evidence that passwords and other financial information were stolen.
“Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to confirm 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,” a company spokesman said. “Protecting our members’ information is our top priority and we will continue to take the appropriate steps.”
Channel 4 report further claims that the hacked information has appeared on web forum named ROR[RG]. In addition, a post on Teksecurity dated April 13th notably mentions the same hack, clearly stating in the blog post that a hacker going by the handle ROR[RG] posted the hacked data on a forum called Darknet, saying ‘he had rooted the adult site database’.
And the reason for the breach, because the hacker believes the Adult dating site owes him $248,000 USD.
Meanwhile, spokesperson from the company told CNET that the company is launching an internal investigation, adding that they are “temporarily disabling the username search function and masking usernames of any users we believe were affected by the security issue.”
This is apparently one of the biggest security lapses ever recorded, on a site with a massive user base of 63 million users. For users affected by the breach, the entire situation must be giving them the jitters, largely due to a failure on the company’s part to protect their member privacy, that too on a site where user anonymity should be of prime concern.