It also said the issue was being addressed separately through the Joint Fraud Taskforce as well as the Serious Organised Crime and National Cyber Security Strategies.Elsewhere, the report outlines a new code of practice to address cyberbullying, and a so-called “Troll Tax” that would require companies like Facebook and Twitter to actively tackle online harassment.
But it told ZDNet, which also verified a sample of the data, that "over the past several weeks, Friend Finder has received a number of reports regarding potential security vulnerabilities from a variety of sources.
Immediately upon learning this information, we took several steps to review the situation and bring in the right external partners to support our investigation." (It did not directly confirm that user accounts were stolen.) 2016 is shaping up to be a massive year for hacks.
The news comes via Leaked Source, a site that monitors data breaches, which has obtained a copy of the stolen user accounts.
The 412 million accounts go back 20 years, it says, and the lion's share comes from Adult Friend Finder — almost 340 million.
It's not clear who was behind the attack, though Leaked Source says it occurred in October 2016.
Friend Finder Networks did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.Another 63 million come from adult webcam site Cams.com, 7 million come from adult magazine Penthouse.com, and over a million apiece from and i It's significantly larger than the hack of extramarital affairs dating website Ashley Madison back in 2015, which saw nearly 40 million user accounts leaked to the world.In the aftermath of the Ashley Madison attack, numerous users reported receiving extortion and blackmail attempts.Passwords were encrypted, but insecurely, and Leaked Source says it has managed to crack 99% of them.Most adult dating merchants know that finding an adult dating merchant account is tough.