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.Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called “dark web” sites.The investigation led to a secretive forum in which a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of users of Adult Friend Finder.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 information of 3.9m Adult Friend Finder members has been leaked, including those who told the site to delete their accounts.
“I deleted my account, so I thought the information had gone.
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 spreadsheets contain addresses linked to dozens of government and armed services personnel, including members of the British Army.
“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.