As regular readers know, members of the casual sex hookup site AdultFriendFinder have been screwed, but not necessarily in the way they might like.
Unfortunately for anyone who wanted to keep secret the fact that they were looking for a friend or two (or three) to share their duvet with, the AdultFriendFinder database has not only been breached by hackers – it’s now available for anyone to download from the internet.
And no, I’m not offering links.
But seeing as links to the database have been shared widely on social networks, it’s not hard to find them. And it’s easy to imagine that criminals may be considering how they can use it to blackmail those unfortunate enough to have their personal details listed inside it.
With depressing predictability, it appears that many AdultFriendFinder users may have not just used email addresses linked to them, but ones that also identify where they work. Maybe they were more worried about their partner snooping on their personal email than the office’s IT department?
An eyeopening number of people even appear to have signed up to AdultFriendFinder from their corporate and government email addresses.
Yes, the opportunities for blackmail and sleazy tabloid newspaper headlines are obvious.
It’s easy for those of us who would never consider signing up for a site like AdultFriendFinder to smirk at the users’ discomfort, but we shouldn’t forget that both they and the AdultFriendFinder website itself are victims of a criminal act.
By the way, it’s good to see that AdultFriendFinder has posted a (rather subtle by their standards) warning on their home page:
I guess we should be grateful about that, as I previously complained about the lack of communication AdultFriendFinder had made to its exposed umm.. members.
Clicking on it will take you to an advisory about what is described as a “potential security incident”.
Of course, you may only want to click on that link if you not worried about a snooping partner or IT team wondering why you’re visiting a site affiliated with AdultFriendFinder. ;)