Hacked profiles from adult dating sites
“Their server was compromised and the My SQL database was dumped,” the anonymous hacker told Motherboard.“I had shell/command access to their server.” The hacker claims to have obtained 40 million accounts initially, then whittled that number down by weeding out the bot logins. We reported earlier this year about an increase in fake profiles posting adult spam on Instagram, however in recent months the trend has moved from fake profiles created by scammers to already existing accounts that they have hacked.Once lured to a hijacked profile by sexually suggestive images, users are encouraged to click a profile link disguised by a shortened URL that leads to the registration page for a site.Each of these has been dumped publicly and is readily available via various sites on the web.
Compromised data: Email addresses, IP addresses, Names, Passwords In approximately 2012, it's alleged that the Chinese email service known as 126 suffered a data breach that impacted 6.4 million subscribers.
Read more about Chinese data breaches in Have I been pwned.
“Immediately upon learning this information, we took several steps to review the situation and bring in the right external partners to support our investigation,” a statement issued over the weekend reads.
Sensitive breach, not publicly searchable Retired breach, removed from system Unverified breach, may be sourced from elsewhere Fabricated breach, likely not legitimate Spam List, used for spam marketing In approximately March 2015, the free web hosting provider 000webhost suffered a major data breach that exposed over 13 million customer records.
The data was sold and traded before 000webhost was alerted in October.The scammers earn money for each user who signs up. Once hijacked, the hackers upload suggestive photos and change the biography to something equally as suggestive that instructs readers to click the profile link.