FriendFinder hit by massive attack; 412 million accounts exposed

California-based adult dating and entertainment company FriendFinder Network Inc. was hacked in October, in what apparently was the biggest hack of 2016. The hack -- marking the second attack on FriendFinder in the last two years -- was first reported by breach notification website LeakedSource. com.

According to LeakedSource, hackers managed to gain access to the log-in credentials of more than 412 million users of adult websites run by FriendFinder. These websites include AdultFriendFinder. com -- which describes itself as the "world's largest sex and swinger community" -- along with video sex-chat site Cams. com and adult magazine site Penthouse. com.

In reporting that FriendFinder was hacked last month, LeakedSource said in a blog post published on Sunday that hackers compromised and exposed nearly 340 million log-in credentials for AdultFriendFinder. com; almost 63 million credential for Cams. com; and nearly 7 million credentials for Penthouse. com.

In addition, a few million accounts from other smaller properties owned FriendFinder were also breached by hackers in the October attack.

Against the backdrop of the LeakedSource report, FriendFinder said in a statement released to Reuters: "FriendFinder takes the security of its customer information seriously and is in the process of notifying affected users to provide them with information and guidance on how they can protect themselves."