Adult friend finderr
As usual, being a day late and a dollar short, by the time I knocked on the door he was selling incomplete segments of the database for non-exclusive use for ,000.
That’s more than I make for an article, so paying him (he wanted bitcoins by the way) was out of the question.
I am not a top notch hacker, but I did spend most of my life attempting to stop hackers from accessing or damaging data. As part of my job, I had to know how hackers did their jobs and became moderately good at it.
It may sound devious or somehow over the line, but would you buy a lock from a lock manufacturer that professed to know nothing about how a lock is picked? Anyway, with my limited talents I could easily have walked into the Friend Finder database and collected the same thing that ROR[RG] collected and, using it for analysis, written my story. Instead I went to ROR[RG]’s area where he had placed the data.
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.
Hacks of this nature seldom reach the Surface Web, and thereby, the attention of the press.
This was absolutely not the first hack of Adult Friend Finder.
I am personally aware of seven previous hacks and there are rumors of dozens, if not hundreds of prior hacks. The hacks that reach public awareness are extremely rare.
Adult Friend Finder, an online “dating service” and its affiliates were hacked in April.
The leaked information included credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, birth dates, physical addresses and personal — you know — preferences.
And there is some evidence that ne’er-do-wells are actively trading this data and planning to abuse it for financial gain.