A massive cyber attack targeting the websites of adult dating entertainment company Friend Finder Network has left the user accounts of more than 412 million accounts exposed.
In what is believed to be one of the biggest online security breaches of all time, the hack includes more than 339 million accounts for the AdultFriendFinder.com, the tagline of which is “Hookup, Find Sex or Meet Someone Special Now.”
By comparison, the Ashley Madison security breach which took place in 2015, saw hackers demand the website for cheating partners be closed down or face having the personal details of its 37 million members made public.
The hackers who carried out the attack, which took place in October, say they exploited vulnerabilities in Adult Friend Finder’s production server module and were also able to access other websites owned by the Friend Finder Network.
According to Leaked Source, other websites compromised in the hack include Cams.com, iCams.com, Penthouse.com and Stripshow.com, along with another unidentified website.
Cams.com reportedly has 62 million user accounts, while Penthouse.com has round 7 million.
It is also worth noting that Friend Finder sold the Penthouse.com website earlier this year, yet still had user login details stored on its servers.
iCams and Stripshow.com have around one million user accounts each, putting a total of 412 million user accounts at risk – data which has been collected for the best part of 20 years.
Leaked Source further reported that passwords were stored in plain text or with very weak encryption, increasing the chances that the data could be misused. Tech site ZDNet also confirmed the data was authentic.
Incredibly, this isn’t the first time the company has suffered a major security breach.
In May 2015, an investigation by Channel 4 in the UK discovered that hackers had leaked around 3.9 million user accounts from Adult Friend Finder.
If you were signed up to any of the websites mentioned above, and are likely to use the same login details on any other sites, then you should update your password immediately.