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In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users’ computers.
Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called “dark web” sites.
Online crime experts believe the after the initial spam email campaign, hackers will now begin trawling through the data for potential blackmail targets.
The spreadsheets contain addresses linked to dozens of government and armed services personnel, including members of the British Army.
With every smartphone, tablet and laptop possessing a camera, and instant video chat with one person or many people available in a wider number of social media apps and services, it’s never been easier to stay in touch with family and friends.
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Yet the hacked data, contained in 15 spreadsheets, reveals how few females appear to use Adult Friend Finder.
Among the 26,939 users with a UK email address, for example, there are just 1,596 who identified as female: a ratio of one woman to every 16 men.
It bills itself as a “thriving sex community”, and as a result users often share sensitive sexual information when they sign up.
The information of 3.9m Adult Friend Finder members has been leaked, including those who told the site to delete their accounts.
He shared stories from his home life, and slowly began to invite fans into it, broadcasting from his apartment, from a cousin’s wedding, while driving in his car or getting a haircut.