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Shortly thereafter, Friend Finder Network's vice president, and senior counsel of corporate compliance & litigation, Diana Lynn Ballou provided with a statement: "We are aware of reports of a security incident, and we are currently investigating to determine the validity of the reports." This isn’t the first time Adult Friend Finder has run into trouble: in May 2015, 3.5 million user accounts were exposed in another hack.
, which obtained a portion of the database and confirmed its legitimacy, the leaked information "does not appear to contain sexual preference data, unlike the 2015 breach." However, the site was able to see account usernames, emails, passwords, the last login, IP addresses, browser information, and other information.
The hacker responsible has since sold the uncensored database for the Bitcoin equivalent of ,000 USD.
There is no evidence that passwords or financial information were compromised.
On November 13, 2016, it was reported that a database of over 412 million accounts, including usernames, e-mails, and passwords, had been breached and leaked from several Friend Finder Networks websites.
The breach included account data from Adult Friend Finder (which constituted over 339 million accounts), Cams.com, and Penthouse, including accounts that had supposedly been deleted.
It has cautioned that, unless it can repay or restructure its obligation, it will face “a material deficiency in our short term liquidity.” With these shortfalls in mind, the company again announced an intention to make an initial public offering of stock, representing a 49% stake in the company, with plans to use the proceeds to pay down its debt and become listed on the New York Stock Exchange.Major dating sites have been compromised in the past and will be increasingly targeted moving forward.These sites also include an abundance of basic personal information, romantic information and financial information.Most members aim at remaining anonymous due to the private nature of the information shared; however, for many this anonymity has been lost following the breach.Email addresses and in some cases usernames, gender, birth date, state of residence, postal code, language preference, other personal details and IP addresses were leaked and quickly posted on the Dark Web.Ezra Shashoua, the company's chief financial officer, blamed the lower revenue on a drop in membership and increased advertising costs for affiliates, according to court documents.Shashoua also said credit card companies had refused to process transactions for the company's Internet businesses.Already, leaked email addresses have been tied to users’ Facebook pages — exposing their true identities.This connection may be used to tarnish individuals’ reputations and could enable extortionists to make credible threats to such users.The personal and romantic information of 4 million individuals has been exposed following the hack of Adult Friend Finder, an adult-oriented online dating site.Adult Friend Finder advertises itself as the leading Internet “hook-up” site and boasts more than 60 million members worldwide.