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In a statement, Adult Friend Finder parent company Friend Finder said that they understand the seriousness of the situation.“We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics expert,” the company said in a statement.
“Where you’ve got names, dates of birth, ZIP codes, then that provides an opportunity to actually target specific individuals whether they be in government or healthcare for example, so you can profile that person and send more targeted blackmail-type emails,” cybercrime expert Charlie Mc Murdie said.What's often not highlighted in these cases is the monetary value of such a breach.Many would argue that having an email address and the associated data might be of little value.“I have had so many people ask me to buy the db [database] today,” the hacker wrote on the same forum where the original leak appeared, asking for payment in the anonymised currency Bitcoin.
“Or if you need I will break into any company or site for 750 in under seven days,” the writer adds.
The online dating company would not comment on the read receipt, but said its “leadership” only became aware of the breach on 20 May when contacted by Channel 4 News.