Nearly 800 Thousand Porn Users Exposed in Massive Online Hack

© Photo : PixabayHacking
Hacking - Sputnik International
Nearly 1 million users of a popular pornography site have found themselves in a compromising position.

Hackers have been known to target massive databases in an effort to gain personal information. Target shoppers and PlayStation subscribers have all found themselves the victims of large data breaches.

Watching television - Sputnik International
The One With The Free Porn: Kamchatka TV Shocks Viewers With Skin Flicks

The latest such hack targeted a less family-friendly demographic.

"It’s unfortunate that my information was included in the breach, but that’s the risk you run making an account anywhere on the web," one user, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Motherboard.

His data was stolen from the pornogrpahy website Brazzers, and he is only one of 790,724 users who were compromised in the breach.

Representatives for Brazzers maintain that the hack likely occurred through a third party forum used by its members.

Couple - Sputnik International
Tinder for the Nudist! Dating Site That Allows You to Upload Naked Photos

"This matches an incident which occurred in 2012 with our 'Brazzersforum,' which was managed by a third party," Matt Stevens, the company’s PR manager, told Motherboard. "The incident occurred because of a vulnerability in the said third party software, the 'vBulletin' software, and not Brazzers itself."

"That being said, users’ accounts were shared between Brazzers and the 'Brazzersforum' which was created for user convenience. That resulted in a small portion of our user accounts being exposed and we took corrective measures in the days following this incident to protect our users."

Many of those seem relatively untroubled by the hack, however.

"I used throwaway login/pass for this very reason," one user said.

Man takes a picture of a woman - Sputnik International
Sweden Comes Under Porn Storm as Nude Women Invade Cities' Hashtags

But security researcher Troy Hunt isn’t sure whether victims should be so nonchalant about the incident, given what information the hackers may have gleaned.

"When it’s solely membership of an adult website, you know the person has an interest in adult material, which, whilst potentially embarrassing, tells you very little about them," he told Motherboard.

"Once they’re commenting within a forum though, now you have very personal information about their intimate thoughts. We also know that forum breaches frequently include not just user credentials, but privates messages as well, and those can be particularly revealing."

Revealing, indeed.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала