Indeed, that seems to have been at least part of the motivation behind the hack, along with the CTO's proclamation that the company's "Full Delete" service completely erased all the data.
Earlier that year, hook-up site Adult Friend Finder was also hacked, with the personal details of nearly four million users leaked, including their IP addresses and dates of birth.
But an email trail on that a warning about the leak was sent by a cyber security consultant on 12 March.
Around two hours later an employee at Friend Finder Networks then replied with a “read receipt” to say that the warning email had been read.
Questions over the safety of online dating hacks may once have referred to not knowing the real identity of the person (or people) you are chatting to and personal safety, more recently attention has turned to the safety of users' data.
The Ashley Madison attack in July 2015 revealed the sensitive data of 37 million people.
This goes beyond what is normally considered personal information in other hacks, such as full names, addresses and financial details, to also include sexual preferences and, in the case of Beautiful People, private messages between subscribers.While data breaches have hit a number of different industries that include retail, medical, and educational sectors as well as government institutions, the sensitive nature of the data exposed in this breach presents a different type of risk for its subscribers.[More: Articles on data breach incidents, prevention, and best practices] Adult Friend Finder is, after all, different from your normal social media, online dating, or profile sharing platform, and saying that it's nothing like Ok Cupid—a service that promises "online dating and friendship"—is an understatement.The leaked information, which was listed in a number of spreadsheets, doesn't just include personally identifiable information; it also lists some of the users' more personal details, such as sexual preference, which users are open to having extramarital affairs, and which specific adult-oriented forums the user has been most active in.Unfortunately for affected users, this incident isn't something that can be fixed with the cancellation of a credit card or a changed password. By chance: You were on his laptop and happened to see that a dating site was on his “most visited” list.