It's not clear who was behind the attack, though Leaked Source says it occurred in October 2016.
of private information, like passwords, emails, and registration dates.
If you use the same password for any other accounts on other websites, change them immediately.
Friend Finder Networks, the company behind adult dating site Adult Friend Finder has been hit with a massive hack — exposing more than 400 million user accounts.
That is very surprising if such a large number of users were put at risk. However, they apparently weren't even doing that - storing the passwords in plaintext, meaning they were instantly readable by the human eye as easily as you are reading this password right now.
Of course, it's possible that Cupid Media has mended its ways and now stores its dating customers' passwords in a more secure fashion. But in the meantime, if you are a user of any of these websites, you need to ensure that you are not using the same password on any other website, and always use a password that is hard to guess and tricky to crack.
Following is a list of the most commonly used passwords, according to Dark Reading. There is no reason for anyone but you to know the password to your online dating account or email address.
Scammers often use emotional blackmail to get their hands on your password, so don’t fall for it.
That said, given the nature of the sites affected, it has the potential to be compromising to some users if the data starts circulating widely.
Last but not the least; the most important thing to remember about passwords is that you must change them regularly for maximum security.
Find more detailed information in the Security Guide written for Red Hat Linux.
More than 11 million passwords taken from infidelity dating website Ashley Madison have been cracked by a group of password decoders, who have revealed just how basic some of them are.
Among them are hello, 123456, iloveyou and mypasswordispassword, as well as some more conscious-related such as ishouldnotbedoingthis, ithinkilovemywife and thisiswrong. The revelation is a stark reminder of how important it is to take extra precautions to protect your passwords – our guide explains how you can reinforce them now.