A major data breach to the "sex and swingers" website Adult Friend Finder could trigger a series of follow-on hacks, security researchers have warned.
Up to 412 million accounts have been compromised, according to monitoring firm Leaked Source, exposing the personal details of the site's users.
In total nearly 340 million users accounts on "the world's largest sex and swinger community" are said to have been exposed.
Users should keep in mind that everything they post or share online may become public one day.
Immediately upon learning this information, we took several steps to review the situation and bring in the right external partners to support our investigation," said Diana Ballou, vice president and senior counsel, in an email on Friday."While a number of these claims proved to be false extortion attempts, we did identify and fix a vulnerability that was related to the ability to access source code through an injection vulnerability," she said."Friend Finder takes the security of its customer information seriously and will provide further updates as our investigation continues," she added.
When pressed on details, Ballou declined to comment further.
Keep this in mind and it will prevent many bad things from happening online."Other experts have criticized the way the personal data was stored, particularly with regards to the importance of password security."Storage of clear-text passwords is inexcusable in today's world," says Mike Raggo, chief research scientist at social media security firm Zero Fox.
When reached, Friend Finder Networks confirmed the site vulnerability, but would not outright confirm the breach."Over the past several weeks, Friend Finder has received a number of reports regarding potential security vulnerabilities from a variety of sources.