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Dating Site Hacked, Embarrassing User Details At Risk


A popular dating website has allegedly been hacked, with the hacker exposing the sensitive personal and sexual details of nearly 4 million users on to the web.

UK television station Channel 4 News said it discovered the database as part of an ongoing investigation of the cyber underworld.

The database contained the details of 3.9 million members of the California-based dating website, AdultFriendFinder.com, in a secretive online forum for hackers.

This includes details of members who had told the site to delete their accounts. The dating website claims to have 63 million users worldwide.

According to Channel 4 News, a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of the users of the dating website on the forum.

The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, e-mail addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique Internet addresses of users' computers. It also reveals which users might be seeking extramarital affairs.

Hackers on the forum have reportedly said they plan to hit the victims with spam e-mails, but online crime exports fear that the hackers might scan the data for potential blackmail targets.

Meanwhile, the dating website's parent company FriendFinder Networks Inc. told Channel 4 News that it understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue.

FriendFinder Networks reportedly said it is working closely with law enforcement and has launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of a leading third-party forensic expert.

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