The information of 3.9m Adult Friend Finder members has been leaked, including those who told the site to delete their accounts.Shaun Harper is one of those whose details have been published.
Fully 22% of 18- to 24-year-olds now report using mobile dating apps, a more than fourfold increase from the 5% who reported using dating apps in 2013.
These young adults are now more likely than any other age group to use mobile dating apps.
The site boasts 63 million users worldwide and claims more than 7 million British members.
It bills itself as a “thriving sex community”, and as a result users often share sensitive sexual information when they sign up.
The share of 18- to 24-year-olds who report having used online dating has nearly tripled in the last two years.
Today 27% of these young adults report that they have done so, up from just 10% in early 2013.“The site seemed OK, but when I got into it I realised it wasn’t really for me, I was looking for something longer term. You couldn’t get into the site without handing over information.“I deleted my account, so I thought the information had gone.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.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.The stolen data reveals the sexual preferences of users, whether they’re gay or straight, and even indicates which ones might be seeking extramarital affairs.