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Editor’s Note: In the tech indsutry, where everyone is constantly preparing for the inevitable, Jeremy Ho, Aaron Murray, Christopher Barron, Spencer Thomas and Vincent Le describe one of the most prominent web application targeted attacks in this blog post — Local File Inclusion (LFI), which also led to one of the biggest hacks in 2016 that revealed millions of customers’ sensitive information.
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alleging negligence, breach of implied contract, invasion of privacy and other counts.
According to the complaint, the defendant operates an online dating site "designed to facilitate discreet adult relationships between individuals and groups who seek to find similar minded adults for sexual encounters." The plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to keep users' confidential information secure and in October 2016, hackers accessed 339 million accounts in the defendant's system. The suit also states 15 million of the affected accounts had been deleted. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to implement industry-standard measures to safeguard users' personal information and failed to immediately notify its members whose information may have been compromised.
This stolen information has in large part been posted to various places across the internet making the information easily accessible to malicious opportunists and to the general public. This attack is very common and there are straightforward ways to prevent these attacks.
Local File Inclusion(LFI) was the type of attack that breached A. This attack is where the hacker is attempting to gain access to the server by including a malicious file in a vulnerability found when a multimedia file upload is incorrectly configured by the server. and their sister sites, 99 percent of the server database containing usernames, passwords, and emails were cracked as Friend Finder Network(FFN) stored sensitive information in plain text and used an outdated security algorithm known as Secure Hash Algorithm with pepper (SHA-1) .
Out of the 412 million accounts compromised, 78 thousand accounts used military e-mails and 5.6 thousand US Government email addresses were also discovered.
Over 99% of account passwords were leaked and large amounts of confidential data such as sexual preferences and marital status were also compromised.
Friend Finder Networks is an adult dating and pornography site and has been attacked before in the past.
One of the biggest data breaches of 2016 was the Adult Friend Finder incident.
Approximately 412 million user accounts were breached along with their personal information and much more!
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The breach released more than 20 years of confidential data and accessed five other branch companies.