According to Leaked Source, reports The Guardian: "'Passwords were stored by Friend Finder Networks either in plain visible format or SHA1 hashed (peppered).
Neither method is considered secure by any stretch of the imagination.'" Among the leaked accounts are some FFN should not necessarily have had to lose in the first place.
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A security researcher known as Revolver claimed to find a flaw in Friend Finder Networks’ security in October, posting the information to a now-suspended Twitter account and threatening to 'leak everything' should the company call the flaw report a hoax." "This is criminal negligence, as it's not the first time," says Stu Sjouerman, CEO of security awareness training company Know Be4, in a statement.
In even worse news, information for people no longer on the site was still stolen—details on 15 million accounts that had been deleted were found because they had remained on the company's servers.
Anyone who has signed up on the site in the last 20 years could be at risk, and should take proper measures to change their passwords and contact the company.
This time, email addresses, passwords, dates of last visits, browser information, IP addresses, and site membership status were revealed, reports The Guardian, citing data breach monitoring service Leaked Source.
Last year's breach also included users' dates of birth, postal codes, sexual preferences, and whether they were seeking extramarital affairs.