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Still, those passwords were hashed using SHA-1, which is considered unsafe.Today's computers can rapidly guess hashes that may match the real passwords.
It also would be the second one to affect Friend Finder Networks in as many years.
A group that collects stolen data claims to have obtained 412 million accounts belonging to Friend Finder Networks, the California-based company that runs thousands of adult-themed sites in what it described as a "thriving sex community." See Also: Webinar | Beyond Managed Security Services: SOC-as-a-Service for Financial Institutions Leaked Source.com, a service that obtains data leaks through shady underground circles, believes the data is legitimate.
Friend Finder Networks, stung last year when its Adult Friend Finder website was breached, could not be immediately reached for reaction (see Dating Website Breach Spills Secrets).
Leaked Source says it has cracked most of the SHA-1 hashes.
It appears that Friend Finder Networks changed some of the plaintext passwords to all lower-case letters before hashing, which meant that Leaked Source was able to crack them faster.
CSOonline reported that the person posted a redacted image of a server and a database schema generated on Sept. In a statement supplied to ZDNet, Friend Finder Networks confirmed that it had received reports of potential security problems and undertook a review.