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Those types of vulnerabilities allow an attacker to supply input to a web application, which in the worst scenario can allow code to run on the web server, according to a OWASP, The Open Web Application Security Project.The person who found that flaw has gone by the nicknames 1x0123 and Revolver on Twitter, which has suspended the accounts.The hack also revealed that the company had kept information on 15 million accounts that users had deleted, as well as information on users for assets it no longer owned, such as Penthouse.By comparison, the Ashley Madison hack that took place in July 2015 revealed 32 million accounts, although that attack was also accompanied by a more aggressive extortion campaign.Troy Hunt, an Australian data breach expert who runs the Have I Been Pwned data breach notification site, says that at first glance some of the data appears legitimate, but it's still early to make a call. "I'd need to see a complete data set to make an emphatic call on it." If the data is accurate, it would mark one of the largest data breaches of the year behind Yahoo, which in October blamed state-sponsored hackers for compromising at least 500 million accounts in late 2014 (see Massive Yahoo Data Breach Shatters Records).It also would be the second one to affect Friend Finder Networks in as many years.But the company fixed a code injection flaw that could have enabled access to source code, Friend Finder Networks told the publication.
Based in Sydney, he is Managing Editor for Security and Technology for Information Security Media Group.Prior to ISMG, he worked from London and Sydney covering computer security and privacy for International Data Group.Further back, he covered military affairs from Seoul, South Korea, and general assignment news for his hometown paper in Illinois.A group that collects stolen data claims to have obtained 412 million accounts belonging to Friend Finder Networks, the California-based company that runs thousands of adult-themed sites in what it described as a "thriving sex community." See Also: Webinar | Beyond Managed Security Services: SOC-as-a-Service for Financial Institutions Leaked Source.com, a service that obtains data leaks through shady underground circles, believes the data is legitimate.