May 22 An online dating site for adults seeking
sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the
personal information of some of its 64 million members, the
company said on Friday.
AdultFriendFinder.com, part of Sunnyvale, California-based
FriendFinder Networks Inc, said it had contacted law
enforcement, including the FBI, and a private investigative team
to review the incident.
“FriendFinder Networks Inc. recently became aware of a
potential data security incident,” the company said in a
statement on Friday. “The security of our members’ information
remains our top priority and, upon learning of this incident, we
took immediate action,” it said.
So far, there is no evidence that members’ financial
information has been compromised, it added.
AdultFriendFinder bills itself as “the hottest dating,
hookup and sex community.” Members are asked a host of personal
information, including marital or relationship status, sexual
orientation and intimate interests.
The company did not describe the nature of the data breach,
but said it had taken immediate steps to protect members’
privacy by “temporarily disabling the username search function
and masking usernames of any users we believe were affected by
the security issue.”
FriendFinder Networks said it has 600 million-plus members
on more than 40,000 sites.
(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere in Seattle; Editing by Cynthia
Johnston and Eric Beech)