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FriendFinder Hack Exposes Almost Half A Billion Users

By November 26, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

friendfinderThe year of 2016 continues to break new records in terms of massive security breaches. According to LeakedSource, last month, hackers gained access to the FriendFinder Network, which includes the adult dating and swinger site, “Adult Friend Finder.”

User accounts, passwords and an assortment of other sensitive information were stolen, and while the bulk of the information came from Adult Friend Finder, other parts of the FriendFinder Network were also impacted. Here’s how the numbers break down:

• Adult Friend Finder: 339.7 million records stolen
• 62.6 million records stolen
• 7 million records stolen
• 1.4 million records stolen
• 1 million records stolen

A small remainder of user accounts were taken from an unidentified website affiliated with the FriendFinder Network.

This is the second time in two years that the FriendFinder Network has been breached, but last time, the scope and scale was fairly limited with a few million records being impacted. The incident is still under investigation, and it is not known at this time whether this breach and the last one are related. If so, the first breach could fairly be described as having been a trial run, but at this point, it’s too soon to say for certain.

The vulnerability used to gain access to the system has been identified and corrected, but this incident ranks as one of the largest of all time in terms of records compromised. It is even larger than the MySpace breach, which saw more than 360 million user records compromised.

Needless to say, if you use any part of the FriendFinder Network, now is the time to change your password. If you’re in the habit of using the same password across multiple websites, and if, for example, your FriendFinder Network password is the same as the password you use to access your banking information, you could be in serious trouble.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.