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Millions of dating site accounts hacked - comment from Webroot

November 2016 by David Kennerley, director of threat research at Webroot

hundreds of millions of AdultFriendFinder accounts have been hacked? David Kennerley, director of threat research at Webroot, made the following comment on the news:

“This is attack on AdultFriendFinder is extremely similar to the breach it suffered last year. It appears to not only have been discovered once the stolen details were leaked online, but even details of users who believed they deleted their accounts have been stolen again. It’s clear that the organisation has failed to learn from its past mistakes and the result is 412 million victims that will be prime targets for blackmail, phishing attacks and other cyber fraud. All companies, especially those dealing with sensitive customer data – must balance their security resources against their risk tolerance, and look at threat intelligence solutions that provide them with the greatest scope of protection.

“It goes without saying that systems, software and processes should be regularly reviewed, and previously accepted risk levels may no longer suffice. For the consumer, unfortunately you need to consider whether you’re ultimately happy with anything you post online being made public, as everyday there seems to be news of another breach.”

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