AdultFriendFinder, one the largest dating and entertaining website, has been hacked and more than 300 million accounts were exposed.
The company confirmed that in the wake of the malicious attack, approximately 330 million out of 419 million accounts were stolen. At this moment, the company has started an official investigation, to determine the extent of the damage and to track down the person or group behind it.
However, preliminary data suggests that during the attack, the malware agent injected through a vulnerable spot in the security net, has helped the hackers obtain names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates from the site’s clients.
At this moment, the company doesn’t deny the possibility of the clients’ bank accounts being comprised, since the website was designed to handle transactions.
Unfortunately, this was not the first slap in the face received by AdultFriendFinder. Last year, a similar attack took place, during which over 4 million accounts were compromised. Sources from inside the company cannot yet dismiss the fact that the recent attack was committed by the same person or group.
However cynical it may seem, the company did indeed roll out the red carpet for hackers, so to speak. According to several online security publications, AdultFriendFinder’s website is quite lax in terms of security, which means that the data is easy to decrypt.
Diana Ballou, the company’s vice president and a member of the council, declared that a couple of weeks before the attack, the company had received several “friendly tips” regarding its security protocols.
In fact, one user identifying a vulnerability in the security network which could potentially allow hackers to inject malware code. However, as Ballou added, at that time the company dismissed these claims, labeling them as attempts to extort money from the company.
Well, it would seem that the user’s tips were prophetic. As of now, countless clients are wondering what kind of personal information did the hacker manage to steal. Note that the website’s database contains a lot of spicy details such as the clients’ sexual preferences or conversations between a married persons who wanted to get an extra something on the side.
Although the company assured its clients that it would do everything in its power in order to track down the hackers and retrieve the stolen personal info, its credibility might have dented beyond repair.
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