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The previous Friend Finder Network breach came to light in May 2015 and affected 3.5 million accounts.
Both that hack and others in the adult industry, such as the 2015 Ashley Madison breach that exposed data from about 36 million users, pale in comparison to the scale of the latest alleged Friend Finder Networks data dump.
But an email trail on that a warning about the leak was sent by a cyber security consultant on 12 March.
Around two hours later an employee at Friend Finder Networks then replied with a “read receipt” to say that the warning email had been read.
The Adult Friend Finder data stretched back 20 years and included information such as usernames, emails, join dates and the date of a user’s last visit, according to Leaked Source.
Passwords were also included in the trove -- the vast majority of them featured unsecured protections or none at all, the report said.
In fact, if Leaked Source is correct, only the massive Yahoo data breach disclosed in September, which hit more than half a billion accounts, exposed more user accounts.
Unlike Friend Finder Networks, Yahoo is a mainstream service.
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The attack methodology deployed in this instance was not released, but it would be fair to assume that it leveraged a kind of SQL Injection attack or similar, where the information is wormed out of the back-end database through a flaw in the webserver.