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If confirmed, the breach would be largest known breach of personal data this year.It is the second time in as many years that Adult Friend Finder has been hacked, following 3.5 million user records being exposed in May 2015.But for all intents and purposes, it looks as if security wasn’t even an afterthought.Not only were passwords stored with trivial protection, but accounts that users had deleted, appeared to not have been deleted at all.All data pertaining to customers should be automatically classified and encrypted the moment it is created, ensuring that only authorised users can open it.With this in place, even if data is stolen it will be much more difficult for criminals to make use of it.Yes it’s our job to be responsible but on the same note they should encourage high standards and do more than the required basics to keep it safe.” Lee Munson, Security Researcher for “The Adult Friend Finder hack, like many that have gone before it, and many that will come after, highlights the poor approach to security taken by even the biggest sites on the web.The use of SHA1 – whose effectiveness has been questioned since at least 2005 – is almost as disturbing as the fact that over 15 million deleted user account emails were still allegedly kept in the site’s database.
With the previous attacks we have seen on these types of websites you would have expected the password storage security to have been increased but sadly this is not the case here.
Similarly, personal details could be used in phishing campaigns that use such information as bait to trick people into giving up sensitive data."With this breach of 400 million accounts we should expect a domino effect of smaller data breaches with password reuse and spear-phishing," says Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of security firm High-Tech Bridge."General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement will probably help to minimize this type of incident in the future, however it will take some time.
Users should keep in mind that everything they post or share online may become public one day.
Data reportedly breached in the latest hack includes email addresses, passwords, IP addresses and site membership status.
If Adult Friend Finder users have the same password for multiple sites and online services, criminals could use it to compromise other accounts.