Adult friend finder data breach
From The Guardian: "It is also unclear who perpetrated the hack.
A security researcher known as Revolver claimed to find a flaw in Friend Finder Networks’ security in October, posting the information to a now-suspended Twitter account and threatening to 'leak everything' should the company call the flaw report a hoax." "This is criminal negligence, as it's not the first time," says Stu Sjouerman, CEO of security awareness training company Know Be4, in a statement.
Friend Finder was launched in 1996 by Andrew Conru.
After discovering that users had been using the service to seek sexual partners, he launched Adult Friend Finder as a spin-off, followed later by other spin-offs dealing with different regions and niches.
Much of the company's growth without investment capital has been attributed to its affiliate program, with more than 500,000 affiliates to date.
As of January 17, 2010, Friend Finder Networks had a negative net worth equal to 8 million, million in cash on hand and 0 million in liabilities.
The company primarily deals in adult entertainment, online dating, and social networking services.
Its flagship online dating services include Friend Finder and its various spin-off services (such as Adult Friend Finder, and other dating services targeting various territories and niche categories, such as the South America-focused Amigos.com, and Christian dating website Big Church), as well as niche websites for alternative lifestyles, and adult webcam websites.
Its corporate headquarters are located in Boca Raton, Florida, with additional offices in California, New York, and Taiwan.Adult dating service company Friend Finder Network has reportedly been hacked, with over 412 million accounts, email addresses, and passwords from their websites made available on criminal marketplaces.Notably, the database does not include more detailed personal information, but could still be used to confirm whether a person was a user of the service.Breach notification site first reported the attack, indicating that over 300 million Adult Friend Finder accounts were affected, as well as over 60 million accounts from Other company holdings, such as Penthouse, Stripshow, and i Cams were also breached, for a total of 412,214,295 affected users.
According to Leaked Source, reports The Guardian: "'Passwords were stored by Friend Finder Networks either in plain visible format or SHA1 hashed (peppered).