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In one of the more sensitive data breaches of the last few years, a popular site for dating and causal sexual relationships has allegedly been hacked, with personal details of people looking for hookups splayed online, according to a report by a U. Friend Finder Networks, which owns the site, said it has notified law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Channel 4 News said it found a database of 3.9 million of Adult Friend Finder.com’s members in an online forum for hackers, including users’ sexual preferences, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and, in some cases, whether they were looking to cheat on their spouses.
The company said there wasn’t evidence that financial information or passwords were stolen.
“Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to confirm the full scope of the incident, but we will continue to work vigilantly to address this potential issue and will provide updates as we learn more,” a company spokesman said.
“Protecting our members’ information is our top priority and we will continue to take the appropriate steps.” Unlike many recent data breaches, which have exposed passwords, e-mail addresses or credit card numbers, this hack is deeply personal.
The website, which says it has 64 million members, explicitly markets itself as the “hottest dating, hookup and sex community,” without any of the pretense of finding life-long love that some other dating sites use.
A security specialist in April discovered the trove of data online and wrote about her findings.
She said the person who posted the data sets claimed to be owed nearly 0,000 by the company.
Friend Finder Networks told USA Today that the size of the breach wasn’t immediately clear.
Early on Friday morning, there wasn’t any mention of the breach on Adult Friend Finder’s website.
Security researchers from Digital Shadows, a London information security company, said they have analyzed some of the alleged Adult Friend Finder files posted online and found usernames, IP addresses, states, zip codes, ages, indication of sexual preferences and, so far, more than 2.6 million email addresses.