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Reached by phone, a company representative noted that they could not disclose information about the breach, but that they would be in touch. Friend Finder Networks (formerly Various, Inc.) is an American internet company founded in 1996 by Andrew Conru.Adult dating service company Friend Finder Network has reportedly been hacked, with over 412 million accounts, email addresses, and passwords from their websites made available on criminal marketplaces.Notably, the database does not include more detailed personal information, but could still be used to confirm whether a person was a user of the service.Shashoua also said credit card companies had refused to process transactions for the company's Internet businesses.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 passwords were either stored as plain text or encrypted using the obsolete and insecure SHA-1 cipher.Included in the exposed personal information are customers' email addresses, usernames, passwords, birthdays and zip codes, in addition to their sexual preferences.No credit card data has yet been uncovered as part of the hack.When signing up for an account, customers must enter their gender, which gender they're interested in hooking up with and what kind of sexual situations they desire.
Suggestions Adult Friendfinder provides for the "tell others about yourself" field include, "I like my partners to tell me what to do in the bedroom," "I tend to be kinky" and "I'm willing to try some light bondage or blindfolds." The hack, which took place in March, was first uncovered by independent IT security consultant Bev Robb on her blog Teksecurity a month ago. It wasn't until this week, when England's Channel 4 News reported on the hack, that Adult Friend Finder was named as the victim.
According toa security researcher going by the name Revolver uncovered Local File Inclusion vulnerabilities on the site in October.