ADULT WEB SITE Youporn has had many of its users details uncovered on the internet by a third party chat service.
The web site is one of the most visited on the internet and has had many of its users' email addresses, passwords and dates of birth accessible on a public server. Instead of being hacked, the server simply left the data unprotected.
According to Anders Nilsson, CTO of Eurosecure, "User info of well over a million registered users was openly accessible on the chat site of Youporn until the server was taken down yesterday."
"For a security professional it is baffling how coders working on a website with such sensitive content can make mistakes of this magnitude," he added.
Although Youporn has shut down the server with the information on it, a lot of the details have been republished a number of times on the internet in plain text.
Apart from the naming and shaming factor there is a major security issue. This is that many users use the same email address and password for multiple accounts across the internet, resulting in a field day for cyber criminals.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos said, "So, if your Youporn password is now known, hackers might try that same password against your email address, your PayPal account, your Amazon account, and all many of other online resources."
"If you are still using the same password on multiple sites, please change your dirty habit now," he added. µ
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