The consultant, Bev Robb, posted about it on her blog Teksecurity a month ago — but without naming the site.Channel 4 made the connection this week when it found Adult Friend Finder user profiles online during an investigation into the “dark web” — part of the Internet dedicated to criminal activity.Adult Friend Finder is owned by a California-based company.
Those who sign up for an account have to specify their gender and which gender they want to have sex with.
They’re also prompted to share private information about their kinks.
In the “tell others about yourself” section, Adult Friend Finder offered helpful hints such as, “I like my partners to tell me what to do in the bedroom,” and “I tend to be kinky,” and “I’m willing to try some light bondage or blindfolds,” CNN Money said.
Adult Friend Finder is part of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Friend Finder Networks, which touts 600 million-plus members on more than 40,000 sites.
Hackers broke into an online dating site that claimed 64 million members and posted users’ personal information — including nude pictures — all over the Web.
Adult Friend Finder said it has contacted authorities and is working with a high-profile security firm to investigate the massive data breach.
The data released by cyberthieves included users’ names, sexual preferences, birthdates, addresses, marital status and other intimate information, according to UK news agency Channel 4, which broke the story.
According to CNN Money, the hack occurred in March and was actually discovered by an IT security consultant.
The company said it’s “working closely with law enforcement and launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics expert, Mandiant,” according to USA Today.
Mandiant’s parent company, Fire Eye, is also investigating several unrelated, high-profile breaches that occurred at JP Morgan Chase, Target and Sony Pictures.
The Sony hack released embarrassing internal emails shared by studio honchos — including some that dissed superstars like Angelina Jolie.