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Andrew Auernheimer, a controversial computer hacker who looked through the files, used Twitter to publicly identify Adult Friend Finder customers, including a Washington police academy commander, an FAA employee, a California state tax worker and a naval intelligence officer who supposedly tried to cheat on his wife.
The investigation led to a secretive forum in which a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of users of Adult Friend Finder.
The site boasts 63 million users worldwide and claims more than 7 million British members.
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.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.When signing up for an account, customers must enter their gender, which gender they're interested in hooking up with and what kind of sexual situations they desire.Suggestions Adult Friendfinder provides for the "tell others about yourself" field include, "I like my partners to tell me what to do in the bedroom," "I tend to be kinky" and "I'm willing to try some light bondage or blindfolds." The hack, which took place in March, was first uncovered by independent IT security consultant Bev Robb on her blog Teksecurity a month ago. It wasn't until this week, when England's Channel 4 News reported on the hack, that Adult Friend Finder was named as the victim.“I deleted my account, so I thought the information had gone.