On Sunday, the website of Adult FriendFinder, a repository of breached data, revealed that hackers had compromised the online hookup and dating firm site and stolen 412 million information of users. The information includes the usernames, passwords as well as email addresses. More than 339 million accounts on AdultFriendFinder.com, which advertises itself as the “the world’s largest sex & swinger community,” as well as tens of millions of accounts from Penthouse.com and Stripshow.com. Some of the leaked passwords were cryptographically hashed to protect them, others were left unencrypted, and even the protected ones were easily cracked in almost all cases. “Neither method is considered secure by any stretch of the imagination,” Leaked Source writes.
Adult FriendFinder (AFF) is an internet-based, adult-oriented social network, online dating service and swinger personals community website. It allows members to interact online, meet new friends, and seek out like-minded sex partners. The site was founded by Andrew Conru in 1996. In 2007 AFF ranked among the 100 most popular sites in the United States and is a major competitor to leading personals sites such as Match.com.
According to TechCrunch, hackers reportedly breached FriendFinder Networks last month, and gained access to over 300 million accounts on AdultFriendFinder, which markets itself as the “World’s largest sex & swinger community.” The hack also exposed over 62 million accounts on Cams.com, a site for live webcam “sex chat,” over 7 million on Penthouse.com, over 1.4 million on Stripshow.com, over 1.1 million on iCams.com and a little over 35,000 on an “unknown domain.”
Over the past several weeks, FriendFinder administrators have received a number of reports regarding potential security vulnerabilities from a variety of sources. “Immediately upon learning this information, we took several steps to review the situation and bring in the right external partners to support our investigation," a representative securing that they are doing something about the incident.