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In this case verification has shown that some data is stored in clear text while passwords are encrypted with SHA-1 (not enough to thwart today’s adversaries).
Unfortunately penetration testing or application security scanning can offer almost no insight into how data is stored or processed inside an organisations applications and data stores. It enables organisations to see how their data is managed by systems and more importantly whether it is encrypted and whether that encryption level is satisfactory.” Justine Cross, Regional Director at “The public has long since run out of patience for companies that fail to protect their data, and the Friendfinder Network is just the latest example proving that businesses must take a new stance to keep information in their care safe.
Companies need to step up and take control of how they store and manage our data.
Yes it’s our job to be responsible but on the same note they should encourage high standards and do more than the required basics to keep it safe.” Lee Munson, Security Researcher for “The Adult Friend Finder hack, like many that have gone before it, and many that will come after, highlights the poor approach to security taken by even the biggest sites on the web.
With the previous attacks we have seen on these types of websites you would have expected the password storage security to have been increased but sadly this is not the case here.
By storing passwords in clear text or insecure formats, companies render even complex passwords useless.It is no longer enough to focus on passwords and financial data – any level of breach can cause significant distress or financial harm to the affected customers.Stolen email addresses will leave the victims vulnerable to phishing attacks and fraud across other sites using the address, while names and other details can be used as a source of embarrassment or blackmail.In February, Friend Finder Networks said Adult Friend Finder had more than 60 million users.