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If you have an AdultFriendFinder account you should change your password immediately. Because Friend Finder Network, the parent company of AFF, has been hacked. In total, 412 million accounts have been leaked online, with AdultFriendFinder taking by far the biggest hit.

For the uninitiated, AdultFriendFinder is an online dating community Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More with a clear and unapologetic focus on hooking up. In other words you’re unlikely to go there looking for someone to grow old with. AFF calls itself “the world’s largest sex and swinger community”.

According to LeakedSource, unknown hackers have gained access to 412 million accounts belonging to people using Friend Finder Networks. 339 million of these were sourced from AdultFriendFinder, 62 million from Cams.com, and 7 million from Penthouse.com. These aren’t all active accounts either, with 15 million “deleted” accounts also being exposed.

Usernames, passwords, IP addresses, VIP statuses, and purchase histories have all been exposed. Which isn’t surprising when the passwords were stored either in plain text or secured with the outdated and insecure SHA-1 hash How Do Websites Keep Your Passwords Secure? How Do Websites Keep Your Passwords Secure? With regular online security breaches reported, you're doubtless concerned about how websites look after your password. In fact, for peace of mind, this is something everyone needs to know… Read More . AdultFriendFinder is currently investigating the data breach, and claims to have fixed the vulnerability that let the hackers in.

The Sliding Scale of Embarrassing Leaks

AdultFriendFinder sprang a small leak last year when 3.9 million users had their details plastered all over the internet Dating Site Hack: Adult FriendFinder Hack Leaves Users Worried Dating Site Hack: Adult FriendFinder Hack Leaves Users Worried Users of online dating site Adult FriendFinder – and the various alternative sites in its network – have been left with concerns after it emerged that the database of almost 4 million records has been... Read More . This one is clearly much larger, but those affected by the previous one had their sexual preferences exposed for all to see. Which must be excruciating.

Unlike Ashley Madison, which also got hacked Ashley Madison Leak No Big Deal? Think Again Ashley Madison Leak No Big Deal? Think Again Discreet online dating site Ashley Madison (targeted primarily at cheating spouses) has been hacked. However this is a far more serious issue than has been portrayed in the press, with considerable implications for user safety. Read More last year, AFF doesn’t target people in existing relationships. So unless people in relationships are using AFF behind their partners’ backs, this limits the potential for extortion.

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Users caught up in this leak should change their passwords on any site which shares the login credentials they used for AdultFriendFinder. AFF, meanwhile, needs to finish its investigation into the incident as quickly as possible, and then put stronger safeguards in place to prevent further intrusions.

Have you been affected by this AdultFriendFinder leak? What steps are you taking to protect yourself from hackers? Have you been affected by any of the other high-profile hacks? Are things only going to get worse from here? Please let us know in the comments below!

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