Sensitive Sexual Details Of 4 Million ‘Adult FriendFinder’ Users Leaked By Hackers
Highly private information including sexual inclinations of about 4 million adult dating site users have been exposed by hackers. According to the Channel 4 News, as a result of a massive security breach, intimate details of the users of one of the top dating sites Adult FriendFinder were published on a forum on the dark web.
The compromised information of the users of dark web describe them as gays or straight and their readiness for extramarital relationships. Additionally, personal bio data of the users, such as addresses, postcodes, usernames, dates of birth, has also been publicized. This data suggests that some of the addresses are linked to British Army personnel.
A hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] is responsible for posting the info in a rather furtive forum in the dark web. After coming across the sensitive data, other hackers on the forum also expressed their plans to perturb victims with spammed emails.
The Adult FriendFinder is considered one of the most popular dating sites. The website, with the tagline “hookup, find sex or meet someone hot now,” claims 63 million users from all parts of the world. The dark web has been coaxing people to freely share their sensitive sexual information in its “thriving sex community.”
The owner of the compromised dating platform, FriendFinder Networks Inc, told Channel 4 News that it was examining the breach. “FriendFinder Networks Inc … understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue. We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics expert,” the company said.
“We pledge to take the appropriate steps needed to protect our customers if they are affected.”
The Guardian states, on behalf of online crime experts, the hackers will first perturb victims with spam emails and will then use the data to locate potential blackmail targets.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.