In addition to the 16 million "deleted" accounts is the user database, which FFN had access to, despite having sold in February.
Neither method is considered secure by any stretch of the imagination.'" Among the leaked accounts are some FFN should not necessarily have had to lose in the first place.
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.
This time, email addresses, passwords, dates of last visits, browser information, IP addresses, and site membership status were revealed, reports The Guardian, citing data breach monitoring service Leaked Source.
Last year's breach also included users' dates of birth, postal codes, sexual preferences, and whether they were seeking extramarital affairs.