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In its response to our story, the company stated that it had “only just been made aware” of the hack.But an email trail on that a warning about the leak was sent by a cyber security consultant on 12 March.Friend Finder Networks did not confirm or deny the breach when reached by The Washington Post.But the company said in a statement that it had “received a number of reports regarding potential security vulnerabilities from a variety of sources” and that it is investigating.
The online dating company would not comment on the read receipt, but said its “leadership” only became aware of the breach on 20 May when contacted by Channel 4 News.
Reached by phone, a company representative noted that they could not disclose information about the breach, but that they would be in touch.
A hack against popular adult dating and entertainment company Friend Finder Networks exposed data related to more than 412 million user accounts, according to a report from breach notification site Leaked Source.
According toa security researcher going by the name Revolver uncovered Local File Inclusion vulnerabilities on the site in October.
Shortly thereafter, Friend Finder Network's vice president, and senior counsel of corporate compliance & litigation, Diana Lynn Ballou provided with a statement: "We are aware of reports of a security incident, and we are currently investigating to determine the validity of the reports." This isn’t the first time Adult Friend Finder has run into trouble: in May 2015, 3.5 million user accounts were exposed in another hack.