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All that sensitive information will likely be used as blackmail material.
“Where you’ve got names, dates of birth, ZIP codes, then that provides an opportunity to actually target specific individuals whether they be in government or healthcare for example, so you can profile that person and send more targeted blackmail-type emails,” cybercrime expert Charlie Mc Murdie said.
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.
Spear phishing becomes a lot easier when attackers not only have an email address, but also location, language, and race.
In addition to launching an internal review, Friend Finder Networks has hired Mandiant, a high-profile cybersecurity company, to investigate the hack, and is working with the FBI.
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.
In other words, they’ll demand money in exchange for not telling the world just how kinky your fetishes are.
One interesting piece of information that has come out of this exposure is that the site doesn’t have quite as many female users as the promotional material might lead you to believe.
According to PC World, the leaked information was first identified on the dark web in March.Considering the personal nature of the leaked information and its source, the hack could also open victims to blackmail schemes.In a statement, California-based Friend Finder Networks Inc., which owns Adult Friend Finder and about 20 other dating sites, said it had "just been made aware of a potential data security issue" and that it had begun working with law enforcement and cybersecurity forensics firm Mandiant, part of Fire Eye."Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to determine with certainty the full scope of the incident, but we will continue to work vigilantly to address this potential issue and will provide updates as we learn more from our investigation," the statement said.According to the ill-gotten info, 1,596 of the 26,939 users with United Kingdom email addresses are female, which means there’s a 16-to-1 ratio of men to women on the site.