Several websites in the “FriendFinder” network of adult internet destinations have been hacked, and soon, details of more than 400 million users could be exposed. The sites involved in the massive data breach include websites called Adult FriendFinder, Stripshow, Penthouse and iCams. Adult FriendFinder calls itself “the world’s largest sex & swinger community.” Even users who registered with the sites and then deleted their accounts could still be exposed, because the company decided to continue to store their information.
The site Leaked Source received some of the data from an anonymous “underground source,” and though it has not published it, a representative told Wired that users have reason to worry that it will be publicly exposed:
FriendFinder users should genuinely be concerned that people outside of the affected company know they registered to such a website. In no cases are we ever the only ones with leaked user data
The hacking is similar to a data breach against the site Ashley Madison last year, a website that helps to facilitate extramarital affairs. The hacking exposed hundreds of pastors and Christian leaders, leading to mass resignations. At least three people committed suicide after being revealed in the leak.