understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue.“We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics expert.“The site seemed OK, but when I got into it I realised it wasn’t really for me, I was looking for something longer term. You couldn’t get into the site without handing over information.“I deleted my account, so I thought the information had gone.
The data also provides insight into the site’s usage patterns.The spreadsheets contain addresses linked to dozens of government and armed services personnel, including members of the British Army.“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,” says Charlie Mc Murdie, a cybercrime specialist for Pw C and former head of the Metropolitan Police‘s electronic crime unit.The number of newly registered users have declined in since 2012, while the number of inactive members reached its peak in 2014.According to csoonline.com, a researcher posted screenshots of the security vulnerabilities prior to the hack.These sites are meant to be secure.” Within hours of the data being leaked, hackers on the forum said they intended to hit victims with spam emails, and Mr Harper has been targeted with virused emails since his information was made public.Online crime experts believe the after the initial spam email campaign, hackers will now begin trawling through the data for potential blackmail targets.The site boasts 63 million users worldwide and claims more than 7 million British members.It bills itself as a “thriving sex community”, and as a result users often share sensitive sexual information when they sign up.The entertainment company Friends Finder Network confirmed a security vulnerability in the site, which describes itself as “world’s largest sex and swinger community”. was able to crack 99 percent of passwords across Friends Finder’s affected sites including those from accounts that had been deactivated. More than 300 million accounts on Adult Friend Finder were hacked compared to 32 million compromised accounts in the 2015 Ashley Madison hack. It revealed that 20 years of data covering 412 million accounts had been stolen in October.