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Adult Friend Finder, an online “dating service” and its affiliates were hacked in April.The leaked information included credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, birth dates, physical addresses and personal — you know — preferences.Considering the personal nature of the leaked information and its source, the hack could also open victims to blackmail schemes.In a statement, California-based Friend Finder Networks Inc., which owns Adult Friend Finder and about 20 other dating sites, said it had "just been made aware of a potential data security issue" and that it had begun working with law enforcement and cybersecurity forensics firm Mandiant, part of Fire Eye."Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to determine with certainty the full scope of the incident, but we will continue to work vigilantly to address this potential issue and will provide updates as we learn more from our investigation," the statement said.
“We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics expert,” the company said in a statement.What's often not highlighted in these cases is the monetary value of such a breach.Many would argue that having an email address and the associated data might be of little value.All that sensitive information will likely be used as blackmail material.“Where you’ve got names, dates of birth, ZIP codes, then that provides an opportunity to actually target specific individuals whether they be in government or healthcare for example, so you can profile that person and send more targeted blackmail-type emails,” cybercrime expert Charlie Mc Murdie said.Everything from email and home addresses, to sexual preferences and whether the user was looking for relationships outside of their marriages have been lifted.This includes people who thought they deleted their accounts.However, much the same way metadata collection provides insight to the NSA, this type of information provides attackers with plenty of leverage that can be used against the public.Spear phishing becomes a lot easier when attackers not only have an email address, but also location, language, and race.The names and email addresses of more than 3 million members of the sex and hookup site Adult Friend Finder have been released online.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.