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However, much the same way metadata collection provides insight to the NSA, this type of information provides attackers with plenty of leverage that can be used against the public.Spear phishing becomes a lot easier when attackers not only have an email address, but also location, language, and race.
As usual, being a day late and a dollar short, by the time I knocked on the door he was selling incomplete segments of the database for non-exclusive use for ,000.The above tragically fascinating information comes from a well publicized hack of Adult Friendfinder, accomplished last week by “ROR[RG]”, a hacker living in the beautiful and magical city of Bangkok, Thailand.This was absolutely not the first hack of Adult Friend Finder.I would estimate that for every computer hack that reaches the public’s knowledge there are 100 hacks that go unnoticed.All previous hacks of Adult Friend Finder that I am aware of were done by hackers who simply wanted to know whether their girlfriend, or boyfriend was possibly cheating on them.The 14 largest Megachurches in the world range from the Lakewood Church in Houston Texas (45,000 Members) to the Yoido Church in Seoul Korea (253,000 Members). It is comforting to note that the pastors of only two of these churches were members of Adult Friend Finder, (the online dating service and swinger personals community website for Friend Finder, Inc.), and both were searching for anonymous gay hookups. Of the fortune 500 corporations, fewer than 1,420 executives (directors, VPs and above) were members of Adult Friend Finder.Of the 535 members of congress, only 16 Congressmen and two Senators were members of this adult website. Another 230,000 or so rank and file employees of fortune 500 companies were also members – following in the footsteps of their admired superiors no doubt. Of the 2,400,000 odd employees of the Federal Government, we find a measly 120,000 or so who were members. When I tell you, however, that over 90 percent of all these members accessed the website, perused photographs (mostly naked or semi-naked), sent texts and emails and shared fascinating sexual fantasies with uncountable numbers of people while on the job and while using government or corporate computers, you might raise an eyebrow or two.Part of me kept nagging that Google does the same thing with nearly everyone on earth a billion times a day – stealing our personal data — but such reasoning is the first act of making a criminal. I can only assume that this would be classified as pre-theft and, according to Federal and State statutes, pre-theft was not yet a crime.I simply asked my good friend – Andrew Aurnheimer – @rabite on Twitter (he demanded I include his name and handle). It’s not that Friend Finder has substandard security, it’s simply that very little, to a determined and talented hacker, is immune to access.I am not a top notch hacker, but I did spend most of my life attempting to stop hackers from accessing or damaging data. As part of my job, I had to know how hackers did their jobs and became moderately good at it.