But an email trail on that a warning about the leak was sent by a cyber security consultant on 12 March.
Around two hours later an employee at Friend Finder Networks then replied with a “read receipt” to say that the warning email had been read.
The leaked information included credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, birth dates, physical addresses and personal — you know — preferences.
What's often not highlighted in these cases is the monetary value of such a breach.
Spear phishing becomes a lot easier when attackers not only have an email address, but also location, language, and race.
The source IP addresses collected can even provide pinpoint street locations for attacks.
The Adult Friend Finder data stretched back 20 years and included information such as usernames, emails, join dates and the date of a user’s last visit, according to Leaked Source.
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.When pressed on details, Ballou declined to comment further.But why Friend Finder Networks has held onto millions of accounts belonging to customers is a mystery, given that the site was sold to Penthouse Global Media in February."We are aware of the data hack and we are waiting on Friend Finder to give us a detailed account of the scope of the breach and their remedial actions in regard to our data," said Kelly Holland, the site's chief executive, in an email on Saturday.Holland confirmed that the site "does not collect data regarding our members' sexual preferences."Leaked Source said breaking with usual tradition because of the kind of breach, it will not make the data searchable.Adult Friend Finder, an online “dating service” and its affiliates were hacked in April.But the company said in a statement that it had “received a number of reports regarding potential security vulnerabilities from a variety of sources” and that it is investigating."Immediately upon learning this information, we took several steps to review the situation and bring in the right external partners to support our investigation," the statement said.Leaked Source said the alleged breach includes nearly 340 million accounts from flagship site Adult Friend Finder, plus data from other sites owned by Friend Finder Network, including Cams.com, as well as records from Penthouse.com, which was sold in February.The cache may also include 15 million email addresses connected to deleted accounts, according to Leaked Source.The data gave not only usernames, postal codes and dates of birth, but also an indication of which users were seeking an extra-marital affair.In its response to our story, the company stated that it had “only just been made aware” of the hack.