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However, much the same way metadata collection provides insight to the NSA, this type of information provides attackers with plenty of leverage that can be used against the public.
Spear phishing becomes a lot easier when attackers not only have an email address, but also location, language, and race.
The names and email addresses of more than 3 million members of the sex and hookup site Adult Friend Finder have been released online.
Details of the security breach were reported by the U. One of the largest dating websites, Adult Friend Finder bills itself as a place to "hookup, find sex or meet someone hot now" and has over 64 million members worldwide.
In a statement, Adult Friend Finder parent company Friend Finder said that they understand the seriousness of the situation.
Meanwhile, the person who originally dumped the information on the so-called darkweb, who uses the nickname ROR[RG}, is demanding more than £10,000 for access to the database of users, and capitalising on the news by marketing his cybercrime services.Everything from email and home addresses, to sexual preferences and whether the user was looking for relationships outside of their marriages have been lifted.This includes people who thought they deleted their accounts.But an email trail on that a warning about the leak was sent by a cyber security consultant on 12 March.Around two hours later an employee at Friend Finder Networks then replied with a “read receipt” to say that the warning email had been read.What's often not highlighted in these cases is the monetary value of such a breach.Many would argue that having an email address and the associated data might be of little value.According to the ill-gotten info, 1,596 of the 26,939 users with United Kingdom email addresses are female, which means there’s a 16-to-1 ratio of men to women on the site.If images of catfishing dudes in dark rooms come to mind, you’re not alone.The company said the warning ended up in its spam folder, despite an email from an employee indicating that it had been read.On 21 May Channel 4 News revealed that hackers had posted the deeply personal sexual information of around 3.9m users of Adult Friend Finder, which is one of the world’s largest dating websites.