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“Immediately upon learning this information, we took several steps to review the situation and bring in the right external partners to support our investigation,” a statement issued over the weekend reads.
The news first came to light via Leaked Source, a so-called “breach notification site”.
The apparent breach took place in October 2016, and included historical data for the past 20 years on six Friend Finder Networks (FFN) properties: Adultfriendfinder.com, Cams.com, Penthouse.com,
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A hack against popular adult dating and entertainment company Friend Finder Networks exposed data related to more than 412 million user accounts, according to a report from breach notification site Leaked Source.
If the report is correct, that would make the breach one of the largest on record in terms of the number of accounts affected.
The previous Friend Finder Network breach came to light in May 2015 and affected 3.5 million accounts.
David Kennerley, director of threat research at security software firm Webroot, commented: “This attack on Adult Friend Finder is extremely similar to the breach it suffered last year….The Adult Friend Finder data stretched back 20 years and included information such as usernames, emails, join dates and the date of a user’s last visit, according to Leaked Source.Passwords were also included in the trove — the vast majority of them featured unsecured protections or none at all, the report said.Last month a hacker known as Revolver or 1x0123 claimed he had gained access to the site’s backend servers through a Local File Inclusion hack before posting two screenshots purporting to show compromised data to his Twitter feed.The latest breach follows a high profile hack in May 2015 that led to the leaking of 4 million records.“While a number of these claims proved to be false extortion attempts, we did identify and fix a vulnerability that was related to the ability to access source code through an injection vulnerability,” ZDNet quoted from an email by CEO Diana Ballou.Items such as usernames, email addresses and passwords are stored in plaintext or using SHA-1 encryption, which experts consider insufficient under current best practices.even details of users who believed they deleted their accounts have been stolen again.“It’s clear that the organisation has failed to learn from its past mistakes and the result is 412 million victims that will be prime targets for blackmail, phishing attacks and other cyber fraud,” he added.Peter Martin, managing director at cyber security specialist Reliance ACSN, added: “This breach on Adult Friend Finder is the second in as many years, which raises serious alarm bells.It’s clear the company has majorly flawed security postures, and given the sensitivity of the data the company holds this cannot be tolerated.” Download this white paper to learn the 8 ways by which legacy ERP systems hold back your business and how “version-less” cloud ERP can help eliminate costly upgrades, reduce IT infrastructure management, and drive value with rapid implementation.