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That data is incredibly revealing and potentially damaging.
Andrew Auernheimer, a controversial computer hacker who looked through the files, used Twitter to publicly identify Adult Friend Finder customers, including a Washington police academy commander, an FAA employee, a California state tax worker and a naval intelligence officer who supposedly tried to cheat on his wife.
The hack also revealed that the company had kept information on 15 million accounts that users had deleted, as well as information on users for assets it no longer owned, such as Penthouse.
By comparison, the Ashley Madison hack that took place in July 2015 revealed 32 million accounts, although that attack was also accompanied by a more aggressive extortion campaign.
, which obtained a portion of the database and confirmed its legitimacy, the leaked information "does not appear to contain sexual preference data, unlike the 2015 breach." However, the site was able to see account usernames, emails, passwords, the last login, IP addresses, browser information, and other information.
Friend Finders Network did disclose to that it had been aware of vulnerabilities and had taken steps to correct it.
Included in the exposed personal information are customers' email addresses, usernames, passwords, birthdays and zip codes, in addition to their sexual preferences.
No credit card data has yet been uncovered as part of the hack.
Shortly thereafter, Friend Finder Network's vice president, and senior counsel of corporate compliance & litigation, Diana Lynn Ballou provided with a statement: "We are aware of reports of a security incident, and we are currently investigating to determine the validity of the reports." This isn’t the first time Adult Friend Finder has run into trouble: in May 2015, 3.5 million user accounts were exposed in another hack.
Its flagship online dating services include Friend Finder and its various spin-off services (such as Adult Friend Finder, and other dating services targeting various territories and niche categories, such as the South America-focused Amigos.com, and Christian dating website Big Church), as well as niche websites for alternative lifestyles, and adult webcam websites.
Friend Finder was launched in 1996 by Andrew Conru.
Friend Finder had not turned a net profit since at least 2008.
Ezra Shashoua, the company's chief financial officer, blamed the lower revenue on a drop in membership and increased advertising costs for affiliates, according to court documents.