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.
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.
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SOURCE: Consumer Reports "It's clear that online dating websites play a major role in the lives of many consumers — we invest a tremendous amount of time, money and emotional energy.
It really is a consumer issue worthy of our attention." said Margot Gilman, money editor for Consumer Reports.“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 front page of Adult Friend Finder, which is based in California, features photos of dozens of attractive young women.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.