For context of just how big this breach is, the Ashley Madison hack affected 32 million people.
Hackers reportedly breached Friend Finder Networks last month, and gained access to over 300 million accounts on Adult Friend Finder, which markets itself as the “World’s largest sex & swinger community.” The hack also exposed over 62 million accounts on Cams.com, a site for live webcam “sex chat,” over 7 million on Penthouse.com, over 1.4 million on Stripshow.com, over 1.1 million on i and a little over 35,000 on an “unknown domain.” Friend Finder’s network was reportedly hacked through a local file inclusion exploit, which enabled the hackers to access all of the network’s sites.
Friend Finder also retained email and passwords for over 15 million people who had deleted their accounts.
“Over the past several weeks, Friend Finder has received a number of reports regarding potential security vulnerabilities from a variety of sources,” Friend Finder Networks Vice President and Senior Counsel Diana Ballou told ZDNet.
A major data breach to the "sex and swingers" website Adult Friend Finder could trigger a series of follow-on hacks, security researchers have warned.
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.As our understanding of the cyber world evolves, love becomes harder and harder to find.More than ever, people are turning to online dating as their sole source of companionship, feeding their personal information to the websites.This means that the page is not protected against directory traversal characters, such as dot-dot-slash, which can lead to code being injected into a path that leads to a file. The main purpose of the security breach seemed to be to harvest private information that was weakly secured. was hacked exposing 4 million accounts which contained sensitive information including sexual preferences and whether a user was looking for an external affair. One of the biggest reasons SHA-1 is vulnerable is because of an exploit called “collision”.One security analyst had previously warned the company of a local file inclusion flaw, and following that warning the hackers were able to run malicious software. A collision occurs when two different message inputs, or passwords, generate the same hash.It was just a matter of time, until a huge security breach happened.One of the biggest data breaches of 2016 was the Adult Friend Finder incident.Data reportedly breached in the latest hack includes email addresses, passwords, IP addresses and site membership status.If Adult Friend Finder users have the same password for multiple sites and online services, criminals could use it to compromise other accounts.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.