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Given that this data breach included highly personal information that many of the members might not want shared, it’s alarming to think that a thief could extort money from some of the members in exchange for not blasting the news of their participation in a site dedicated to sexual relationships with strangers.
This practice has unfortunately become so commonplace in the world of social media that it has its own term, sextortion.
” If credit card information or Social Security numbers are stolen in a breach, then there’s a good chance there could be financial repercussions.
But if those pieces of the puzzle are missing, there are still plenty of ways the data can be useful to a thief.
It doesn't matter if you don't agree with the lifestyle choice of those on the site and certainly I myself am not one to look around the house at everyday items and think "I wonder if that could...".
That's entirely beside the point though which is that a bunch of consenting adults now have their identities in the hands of an untold number of people who are willingly sharing the data around web. I've had this post in mind for some time as I've seen more and more deeply personal data spread across the web.
Physical addresses can lead to mail fraud and “dumpster diving,” which can then easily turn into other potential forms of identity theft, scams, or fraud.For example, you can enter an address such as [email protected] head off to Mailinator, enter the alias and immediately view the contents of the mailbox: There's no authentication and therefore you need to assume there's no confidentiality (although the likelihood of someone stumbling across a genuinely randomised email alias is extremely low), but when email is simply a barrier to site entry then Mailinator is a very simple solution.Many of the data breaches I come across have numerous Mailinator addresses in them for precisely this reason.If you're a budding Edward Snowden then you'll need to go much, much further.