Major dating sites have been compromised in the past and will be increasingly targeted moving forward.
These sites also include an abundance of basic personal information, romantic information and financial information.
The hacker responsible has since sold the uncensored database for the Bitcoin equivalent of ,000 USD.
There is no evidence that passwords or financial information were compromised.
The company had also indicated that it lacked existing cash or cash from operations to repay a .5 million debt that was due July 31.
It has cautioned that, unless it can repay or restructure its obligation, it will face “a material deficiency in our short term liquidity.” With these shortfalls in mind, the company again announced an intention to make an initial public offering of stock, representing a 49% stake in the company, with plans to use the proceeds to pay down its debt and become listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Friend Finder was launched in 1996 by Andrew Conru.
After discovering that users had been using the service to seek sexual partners, he launched Adult Friend Finder as a spin-off, followed later by other spin-offs dealing with different regions and niches.
Online dating holds a plethora of privacy concerns.
Much of the company's growth without investment capital has been attributed to its affiliate program, with more than 500,000 affiliates to date.
As of January 17, 2010, Friend Finder Networks had a negative net worth equal to 8 million, million in cash on hand and 0 million in liabilities.
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 breach included account data from Adult Friend Finder (which constituted over 339 million accounts), Cams.com, and Penthouse, including accounts that had supposedly been deleted.