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In this incident, the users whose information may have been leaked won't just have to contend with the usual issues normally associated with a data breach (spam, hacked accounts, identity theft and exposed credit card info).
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.
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When personal details of this nature become public, this opens up the breach victims to blackmail and extortion—at the very least, they could expect situations that involve Internet shaming and awkward explanations.
Online adult dating site Adult Friend Finder recently reported that they've been breached, and have sought the help of law enforcement and security specialists to investigate the incident.
According to the report, the information of close to 4 million of its subscribers have been leaked on a darknet forum, exposing emails, usernames, dates of birth, ZIP codes.