In this digital world, no one is no longer safe from hackers, and the risk of attack rises significantly every day. Hacking used to be constrained to big companies like Sony, eBay, Evernote and Feedly, but this is not how it is today. From large to small companies, celebrities and even regular consumers, we all have something of value to protect, and for hackers, everyone has become a potential target.
We know from the reported incidents that there has been a significant increase in the number of data breaches at the present time where personal information such as names, birthdays, email addresses, telephone numbers and bank account information are exposed. Even personal sexual preferences can now be hacked!
One of the victims of the recent hacking attacks is Adult FriendFinder.com, one of the world’s biggest adult dating sites for people looking to find dates, hookups, swinging partners, sex communities and other alternative partners.
The adult dating site’s members are extremely concerned that their most sensitive and personal information has been leaked since most of the members’ data, such as names, email addresses, birthdays and even sexual preferences and fetishes are among the personal information stolen by the hackers.
Members of this site are required to sign up and typically have member profiles where they can post nude selfies or express their sexual interests or fantasies. Since it’s almost like a social network for sex, we would generally think that they meet up for sex, have phone sex or whatever they agree on. They also provide credit card information to pay for a subscription or unlock additional features.
All hacking incidences come with losses beyond measure to the victims. The information they have provided in their profile can be used by cyber criminals to blackmail them, which can also lead to an emotional trauma or a devastating financial loss.
The reality is that hacking has become painfully common and goes largely undetected. The cyber criminals are out there. They are extremely clever and they mean business which means we all have to find a way to protect ourselves and tighten our security so that we do not become a victim of online fraud.