Similarly, personal details could be used in phishing campaigns that use such information as bait to trick people into giving up sensitive data."With this breach of 400 million accounts we should expect a domino effect of smaller data breaches with password reuse and spear-phishing," says Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of security firm High-Tech Bridge."General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement will probably help to minimize this type of incident in the future, however it will take some time.
Users should keep in mind that everything they post or share online may become public one day.
We found out this week that "sex and swinger" social network Adult Friend Finder was breached, along with all of its other sites. (FFN) operates Adult Friend Finder.com, webcam sex-work site cams.com, and a few others; a total of six databases were reported in the haul.
The major leak was first reported in October when a Tweet from notorious hacker 1x-0123, who is also known as Revolver, posted a screenshot claiming to show the site's internal data.
At the time, FFN Vice President Diana Lunn Ballou released a statement saying: "We are aware of reports of a security incident, and we are currently investigating to determine the validity of the reports." In May last year 3.5 million Adult Friend Finder accounts were exposed in another hack.
Data reportedly breached in the latest hack includes email addresses, passwords, IP addresses and site membership status.
If Adult Friend Finder users have the same password for multiple sites and online services, criminals could use it to compromise other accounts.