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Channel 4 reported that within hours of the data being posted online, hackers began swarming to buy email addresses to target with them phishing scams.One victim told the station he'd already been hit with virus-laden emails.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.
“Friend Finder employees receive hundreds of sales and marketing spam messages daily, including many from third party cyber security consultants, and any earlier communication on this specific issue was directed to junk mail folders and not considered a legitimate email,” the company said in a statement.
The company said the warning ended up in its spam folder, despite an email from an employee indicating that it had been read.
On 21 May Channel 4 News revealed that hackers had posted the deeply personal sexual information of around 3.9m users of Adult Friend Finder, which is one of the world’s largest dating websites.
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 a statement, Adult Friend Finder parent company Friend Finder said that they understand the seriousness of the situation.