These sites are meant to be secure.” Within hours of the data being leaked, hackers on the forum said they intended to hit victims with spam emails, and Mr Harper has been targeted with virused emails since his information was made public.
Online crime experts believe the after the initial spam email campaign, hackers will now begin trawling through the data for potential blackmail targets.
The site boasts 63 million users worldwide and claims more than 7 million British members.
It bills itself as a “thriving sex community”, and as a result users often share sensitive sexual information when they sign up.
The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they’re gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs.
In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users’ computers.
Cyber Security Website is currently studying a botnet that is actively being used to promote adult dating website.
“Where you’ve got names, dates of birth, ZIP codes, then that provides an opportunity to actually target specific individuals whether they be in government or healthcare for example, so you can profile that person and send more targeted blackmail-type emails,” says Charlie Mc Murdie, a cybercrime specialist for Pw C and former head of the Metropolitan Police‘s electronic crime unit.The information of 3.9m Adult Friend Finder members has been leaked, including those who told the site to delete their accounts.Shaun Harper is one of those whose details have been published.Dating and romance scams often take place through online dating websites, but scammers may also use social media or email to make contact.They have even been known to telephone their victims as a first introduction. understands and fully appreciates the seriousness of the issue.“We have already begun working closely with law enforcement and have launched a comprehensive investigation with the help of leading third-party forensics expert.Mediation analysis using multiple regressions revealed a full mediation model.Cyber dating abuse predicted lowered self-esteem and greater emotional distress.The research has been released to the public to see if any other researchers are studying it.The botnet started promoting adult sites back in October 2016 and since then the number of botnets being used have reduced but are still out there.