The shame factor would also make it more difficult to investigate extortion activities, since victims are more likely to prefer to pay for silence and sweep these details under the rug than report it to the authorities.
The breach was carried out by a hacker who goes by the moniker ROR[RG].In an online hacker forum, he said he blackmailed Adult Friend Finder, telling the site he would expose the data online unless the company paid him 0,000.Online adult dating site Adult Friend Finder recently reported that they've been breached, and have sought the help of law enforcement and security specialists to investigate the incident.According to the report, the information of close to 4 million of its subscribers have been leaked on a darknet forum, exposing emails, usernames, dates of birth, ZIP codes." 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.
The company said it doesn't yet know the full scope of the breach, but it promised to "work vigilantly," noting that Friend Finder Networks "fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue." "We cannot speculate further about this issue, but rest assured, we pledge to take the appropriate steps needed to protect our customers if they are affected," the company said.
That could allow anyone to extort Adult Friend Finder customers.
For instance, the security consultant Robb reported that one person whose information was hacked was a 62-year-old Hispanic male from New Jersey, who worked in advertising and has a preference for the "subporno" forum.
The leaked information, which was listed in a number of spreadsheets, doesn't just include personally identifiable information; it also lists some of the users' more personal details, such as sexual preference, which users are open to having extramarital affairs, and which specific adult-oriented forums the user has been most active in.
Unfortunately for affected users, this incident isn't something that can be fixed with the cancellation of a credit card or a changed password.
Stolen data from some 3.9 million members of Adult Friend Finder was leaked by hackers, according to an investigation by Britain's Channel 4.