Dating website AdultFriendFinder has been hacked and the data of 3.9 million of its users leaked online, Channel 4 News recently reported. The report was confirmed by security firm Sophos.
“Millions of people who thought they were using a discreet service to find casual sex have had their private data exposed online – including personal emails, sexual orientation, and whether they were looking to cheat on their partners,” stated Sophos.
According to Channel 4, an investigation into the “cyber underworld” led them to a forum on the Dark Web, where a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of users of AdultFriendFinder.
The “Dark Web” is a part of the Internet that isn’t indexed by search engines, and requires you to connect to encrypted private networks to access sites and servers hidden from the typical web user.
Channel 4 said it received the following response from AdultFriendFinder:
FriendFinder Networks Inc… understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue.
We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics experts.
We pledge to take the appropriate steps needed to protect our customers if they are affected.