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A group that collects stolen data claims to have obtained 412 million accounts belonging to Friend Finder Networks, the California-based company that runs thousands of adult-themed sites in what it described as a "thriving sex community." See Also: Webinar | The Future of Adaptive Authentication in Financial Services Leaked Source.com, a service that obtains data leaks through shady underground circles, believes the data is legitimate.Friend Finder Networks, stung last year when its Adult Friend Finder website was breached, could not be immediately reached for reaction (see Dating Website Breach Spills Secrets).But the leaked data could encompass many more sites, as Friend Finder Networks runs as many as 40,000 websites, a Leaked Source representative says over instant messaging.One large sample of data provided by Leaked Source at first seemed to not contain current registered users of Adult Friend Finder.CSOonline reported that the person posted a redacted image of a server and a database schema generated on Sept. In a statement supplied to ZDNet, Friend Finder Networks confirmed that it had received reports of potential security problems and undertook a review.Some of the claims were actually extortion attempts.But the company fixed a code injection flaw that could have enabled access to source code, Friend Finder Networks told the publication.
CSOonline reported that someone had posted screenshots on Twitter showing a local file inclusion vulnerability in Adult Friend Finder.The sites breached would appear to include Adult Friend Finder.com, i Cams.com, Cams.com, and Stripshow.com, the last of which redirects to the definitely not-safe-for-work playwithme[.]com, run by Friend Finder subsidiary Steamray.Leaked Source provided samples of data to journalists where those sites were mentioned.Leaked Source says it has cracked most of the SHA-1 hashes.
It appears that Friend Finder Networks changed some of the plaintext passwords to all lower-case letters before hashing, which meant that Leaked Source was able to crack them faster.It could also be particularly worrisome because Leaked Source says the accounts date back 20 years, a time in the early commercial web when users were less worried about privacy issues.The latest Friend Finder Networks' breach would only be rivaled in sensitivity by the breach of Avid Life Media's Ashley Madison extramarital dating site, which exposed 36 million accounts, including customers names, hashed passwords and partial credit card numbers (see Ashley Madison Slammed by Regulators).If you’ve been dating via apps, you’ve almost certainly been swiping hard on Tinder. Happn matches appear in your timeline as you pass them in real life—link up the minute you match or later.