“FriendFinder Networks Inc. recently became aware of a potential data security incident,” the company said in a statement on Friday. AdultFriendFinder.com, part of Sunnyvale, California-based FriendFinder Networks Inc, said it had contacted law enforcement, including the FBI, and a private investigative team to review the incident.
FriendFinder Networks has 600 million-plus members on more than 40,000 sites.
AdultFriendFinder.com provides online dating that caters for adults that are often seeking more casual encounters or relationships, and promotes itself as “the hottest dating, hookup and sex community.” Members are asked a host of personal information, including marital or relationship status, sexual orientation and intimate interests. This breach potentially compromises the personal information of some of its 64 million members.
“The security of our members’ information remains our top priority and, upon learning of this incident, we took immediate action,” and went on to say that so far, there is no evidence that members’ financial information has been compromised.
The company did not describe the nature of the data breach, but said it had taken immediate steps to protect members’ privacy by “temporarily disabling the username search function and masking usernames of any users we believe were affected by the security issue.”
Christopher is an IT specialist with 30 years of experience in developing technology working with corporates and SME's. Chris is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, as well as numerous certificate based qualifications in technology and application development.