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Both that hack and others in the adult industry, such as the 2015 Ashley Madison breach that exposed data from about 36 million users, pale in comparison to the scale of the latest alleged Friend Finder Networks data dump.
In fact, if Leaked Source is correct, only the massive Yahoo data breach disclosed in September, which hit more than half a billion accounts, exposed more user accounts.
Meanwhile, the person who originally dumped the information on the so-called darkweb, who uses the nickname ROR[RG}, is demanding more than £10,000 for access to the database of users, and capitalising on the news by marketing his cybercrime services.
“I have had so many people ask me to buy the db [database] today,” the hacker wrote on the same forum where the original leak appeared, asking for payment in the anonymised currency Bitcoin.
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.
Friend Finders Network did disclose to that it had been aware of vulnerabilities and had taken steps to correct it.
On 21 May Channel 4 News revealed that hackers had posted the deeply personal sexual information of around 3.9m users of Adult Friend Finder, which is one of the world’s largest dating websites.
The data gave not only usernames, postal codes and dates of birth, but also an indication of which users were seeking an extra-marital affair.
"Immediately upon learning this information, we took several steps to review the situation and bring in the right external partners to support our investigation," the statement said.
The Adult Friend Finder data stretched back 20 years and included information such as usernames, emails, join dates and the date of a user’s last visit, according to Leaked Source.
Details of the security breach were reported by the U. One of the largest dating websites, Adult Friend Finder bills itself as a place to "hookup, find sex or meet someone hot now" and has over 64 million members worldwide.