"i am loading these up in the mailer now / i will send you some dough from what it makes / thank you!!" wrote a hacker who goes by "MAPS." Friend Finder Networks Inc., parent company of Adult Friend Finder and other adult sites and publications including Penthouse, said in a statement that it had just become aware of the breach, and it is working closely with law enforcement and cyberforensics company Mandiant, a subsidiary.Asked why he was doing this, Auernheimer said: "I went straight for government employees because they seem the easiest to shame." Millions of others remain unnamed for now, but anyone can open the files -- which remain freely available online.That could allow anyone to extort Adult Friend Finder customers.
The front page of Adult Friend Finder, which is based in California, features photos of dozens of attractive young women.
The information exposed can be particularly devastating to people living in small towns, where they are more easily identified.
For example, one person exposed in the hack is a 40-year old welder from a small Illinois town of a few thousand people.
Shaun Harper is one of those whose details have been published.
“The site seemed OK, but when I got into it I realised it wasn’t really for me, I was looking for something longer term. You couldn’t get into the site without handing over information.