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The breach included account data from Adult Friend Finder (which constituted over 339 million accounts), Cams.com, and Penthouse, including accounts that had supposedly been deleted.
The passwords were either stored as plain text or encrypted using the obsolete and insecure SHA-1 cipher.
The data gave not only usernames, postal codes and dates of birth, but also an indication of which users were seeking an extra-marital affair.
In its response to our story, the company stated that it had “only just been made aware” of the hack.
Holland confirmed that the site "does not collect data regarding our members' sexual preferences."Leaked Source said breaking with usual tradition because of the kind of breach, it will not make the data searchable.
Friend Finder Networks (formerly Various, Inc.) is an American internet company founded in 1996 by Andrew Conru.
The company had also indicated that it lacked existing cash or cash from operations to repay a .5 million debt that was due July 31.
Friend Finder had not turned a net profit since at least 2008.
Ezra Shashoua, the company's chief financial officer, blamed the lower revenue on a drop in membership and increased advertising costs for affiliates, according to court documents.
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.
“Friend Finder employees receive hundreds of sales and marketing spam messages daily, including many from third party cyber security consultants, and any earlier communication on this specific issue was directed to junk mail folders and not considered a legitimate email,” the company said in a statement.Shashoua also said credit card companies had refused to process transactions for the company's Internet businesses.On November 13, 2016, it was reported that a database of over 412 million accounts, including usernames, e-mails, and passwords, had been breached and leaked from several Friend Finder Networks websites.With over 80 million members all over the world, Adult Friend Finder is one of the largest adult casual dating sites worldwide.