If confirmed, the breach would be largest known breach of personal data this year.It is the second time in as many years that Adult Friend Finder has been hacked, following 3.5 million user records being exposed in May 2015.By storing passwords in clear text or insecure formats, companies render even complex passwords useless.Good user account practice should therefore involve use of unique passwords between websites.” Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at “I’m still getting my head around the extent of the Adult Friend Finder hack.
If Adult Friend Finder users have the same password for multiple sites and online services, criminals could use it to compromise other accounts.
Unfortunately penetration testing or application security scanning can offer almost no insight into how data is stored or processed inside an organisations applications and data stores. It enables organisations to see how their data is managed by systems and more importantly whether it is encrypted and whether that encryption level is satisfactory.” Justine Cross, Regional Director at “The public has long since run out of patience for companies that fail to protect their data, and the Friendfinder Network is just the latest example proving that businesses must take a new stance to keep information in their care safe.
It is no longer enough to focus on passwords and financial data – any level of breach can cause significant distress or financial harm to the affected customers.
Similarly, personal details could be used in phishing campaigns that use such information as bait to trick people into giving up sensitive data."With this breach of 400 million accounts we should expect a domino effect of smaller data breaches with password reuse and spear-phishing," says Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of security firm High-Tech Bridge."General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement will probably help to minimize this type of incident in the future, however it will take some time.
Users should keep in mind that everything they post or share online may become public one day.