Organizations like Adult Friend Finder should gain the necessary endpoint and network visibility needed to protect their customers’ personal data and “hook up” with a company like Ziften.Friend Finder Networks (formerly Various, Inc.) is an American internet company founded in 1996 by Andrew Conru.Hacks of this nature seldom reach the Surface Web, and thereby, the attention of the press.For an adept hacker, Downloading the entire Friend Finder database is no more difficult than going to the library and checking out a book.
Spear phishing becomes a lot easier when attackers not only have an email address, but also location, language, and race.
I am personally aware of seven previous hacks and there are rumors of dozens, if not hundreds of prior hacks. The hacks that reach public awareness are extremely rare.
For a hack to reach public awareness someone has to make a serious mistake, or they are demanding money or some other asset or, in the case of ROR[RG], they have an ax to grind.
It may sound devious or somehow over the line, but would you buy a lock from a lock manufacturer that professed to know nothing about how a lock is picked? Anyway, with my limited talents I could easily have walked into the Friend Finder database and collected the same thing that ROR[RG] collected and, using it for analysis, written my story. Instead I went to ROR[RG]’s area where he had placed the data.
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.