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On 21 May Channel 4 News revealed that hackers had posted the deeply personal sexual information of around 3.9m users of Adult Friend Finder, which is one of the world’s largest dating websites.
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.
Meanwhile, the person who originally dumped the information on the so-called darkweb, who uses the nickname ROR[RG}, is demanding more than £10,000 for access to the database of users, and capitalising on the news by marketing his cybercrime services.
“I have had so many people ask me to buy the db [database] today,” the hacker wrote on the same forum where the original leak appeared, asking for payment in the anonymised currency Bitcoin.
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.
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.
That is, if Adult Friend Finder were using a solution that provided visibility into network traffic.
2) At the webserver level, where an abnormal amount of traffic would be sent to a specific address.
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.
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.
Ziften ZFlow™ enables network visibility into the cloud to catch aberrant data transfers and attribute to specific executing processes.