Adult Dating Site Hack Exposes Personal Data of Millions

AdultFriendFinder.com, an online dating site with 64 million members, is reporting a data breach. Parent company FriendFinder Networks has hired security firm Mandiant to investigate the issue and is also working with law enforcement.

Member information that includes marital status, sexual preference, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and physical addresses for up to 4 million members may have been compromised, according to news reports.

EUUntil the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to determine with certainty 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 from our investigation,EU FriendFinder said in a statement. EUWe cannot speculate further about this issue, but rest assured, we pledge to take the appropriate steps needed to protect our customers if they are affected.EU

The Database of You

We caught up with Ken Westin, senior security analyst for advanced threat detection firm Tripwire, to get his take on the breach. He told us the Internet has essentially become a EUdatabase of you.EU

EUAs more data is breached, this information can be sold in underground markets and can create a very vivid profile of an individual,EU Westin said. EUWhen dating information is compromised it can be used to embarrass individuals, which can lead to blackmail as well as highly targeted phishing campaigns.EU

Depending on the type of information that is compromised, this data can be used to link aliases to other accounts via e-mail or other shared attributes and unveil connections to accounts that were not seen until now, Westin said.

EUAn example would be a politician that may have created an account using a fake name, but used a known e-mail address for their login details, or a phone number that can be mapped back to their real identity," he said. "This is...

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Adult Dating Site Hack Exposes Personal Data of Millions

AdultFriendFinder.com, an online dating site with 64 million members, is reporting a data breach. Parent company FriendFinder Networks has hired security firm Mandiant to investigate the issue and is also working with law enforcement.

Member information that includes marital status, sexual preference, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and physical addresses for up to 4 million members may have been compromised, according to news reports.

EUUntil the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to determine with certainty 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 from our investigation,EU FriendFinder said in a statement. EUWe cannot speculate further about this issue, but rest assured, we pledge to take the appropriate steps needed to protect our customers if they are affected.EU

The Database of You

We caught up with Ken Westin, senior security analyst for advanced threat detection firm Tripwire, to get his take on the breach. He told us the Internet has essentially become a EUdatabase of you.EU

EUAs more data is breached, this information can be sold in underground markets and can create a very vivid profile of an individual,EU Westin said. EUWhen dating information is compromised it can be used to embarrass individuals, which can lead to blackmail as well as highly targeted phishing campaigns.EU

Depending on the type of information that is compromised, this data can be used to link aliases to other accounts via e-mail or other shared attributes and unveil connections to accounts that were not seen until now, Westin said.

EUAn example would be a politician that may have created an account using a fake name, but used a known e-mail address for their login details, or a phone number that can be mapped back to their real identity," he said. "This is...

Comments are closed.