Adult Friend Finder asks customers to detail their interests and, based on those criteria, matches people for sexual encounters.The site, which boasts 64 million members, claims to have "helped millions of people find traditional partners, swinger groups, threesomes, and a variety of other alternative partners." The information Adult Friend Finder collects is extremely personal in nature.Included in the exposed personal information are customers' email addresses, usernames, passwords, birthdays and zip codes, in addition to their sexual preferences.No credit card data has yet been uncovered as part of the hack.
The data dump was first reported Tuesday by Wired magazine, which said the post on the "dark web" included millions of payment transactions, email addresses and phone numbers of people who were registered on the infidelity site.
“The security of our members’ information remains our top priority,” the company said.
It has hired the Mandiant response division of cyber-security company Fire Eye, which has previously investigated a number of high-profile breaches in recent months.
"It's easy to imagine that some people might be vulnerable to blackmail, if they don't want details of their membership or sexual proclivities to become public," Cluley said in a blog post.
But he noted that an email registered in the Ashley Madison database "means nothing" because the site "never bothered to verify the email addresses given to it by users." The release comes a month after the data was stolen by hackers identified as the "Impact Team," who said they were trying to shut down the site for cheaters.