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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.Wait for a raft of class-action lawsuits." Last July, another pornography and adult hook-up site, Ashley Madison, suffered a doxing attack that exposed 37 million users accounts. Sjouerman says that when Know Be4 sent its customers fake phishing emails with lures related to the Ashley Madison breach, 4% of users clicked. Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events.For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article.Adult Friend Finder asks customers to detail their interests and, based on those criteria, matches people for sexual encounters.
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