Exposed: AdultFriendFinder network hacked, 400 million accounts stolenBlame it on dirty security practices. Hackers easily crack passwords on adult dating and porn sites -- and even deleted account info was grabbed in the data breach.
Accounts for AdultFriendFinder and penthouse.com have been hacked in one of the largest personal data breaches of all time. More than 400 million accounts were exposed for several sites dealing with adult dating and pornography, all owned by FriendFinder Network. The data monitoring firm LeakedSource brought light to the breach which, get this Even included nearly 16 million deleted accounts that were never purged from the company's data. The friend finder company was sloppy with security, which led to almost account password being cracked by hackers. Revealing user names, email addresses, passwords, dates of last visits IP addresses and site membership status. This also included accounts from the websites Cams.com, iCams.com, and Stripshow.com. Hacking a network like this has deeper affects than simply causing members to worry about changing their passwords. Because membership facts Could be used to embarrass, extort or hurt users. Some of the exposed data has been verified as authentic by ZDNet, that's CNET's sister site. This is not the first time AdultFriendFinder has been hacked. In May of 2015 The personal data of more than 4 million users was exposed along with their sexual preferences. It appears the company did not do enough to beef up security since that attack to stop it form happening again. The only data breach bigger than this was the Yahoo hack from 2014 Which compromised about 500,000 million accounts. I'm Bridget Carey. You can stay on top of the biggest tech stories at cnet.com/update. [MUSIC]