"Though the files were stripped of credit card data, it is still relatively easy to connect the dots and identify thousands upon thousands of users who subscribe to this adult site." Security experts say such stolen data can be used for various email scams and potentially for blackmail.
Security researcher Graham Cluley said in a blog post Friday that the website has an obligation to inform its 63 million members worldwide.
These applications do not automatically collect private information from the devices or send spam mails/SMS messages; they just lead users to their fraudulent sites.
On those sites, users are requested to input their email address on their devices or in some cases their mobile phone numbers.
In most cases, the victims are lured to these malicious sites via spam mails, links on web pages, and search engines.
Recently new media–such as social networking services and free messaging tools–also attract victims to these services.
The figure would be higher if we counted already deleted apps.
have no intention of meeting, but do want to make callers pay money to keep in touch."How about posting a warning on your website so your members can look out for phishing emails, or malware which might be sent to them? "What about some advice about the type of threats that users could be exposed to—including, potentially, blackmail—if their membership of the site is uncovered?If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.Mc Afee Mobile Research monitors adult one-click-fraud applications on Google Play that are targeted at Japanese users.Stolen data from some 3.9 million members of Adult Friend Finder was leaked by hackers, according to an investigation by Britain's Channel 4.