Courtney Rust

A Major Porn Site Accidentally Leaked Thousands Of Users' Private Info

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Uh oh. If you're a regular at Brazzers, you're in for a wild ride.

Almost 800,000 accounts have been exposed in a forum hack of the popular porn site, including information of users who never even signed up for the site.

The leaked information contains 790,724 unique email addresses, as well as usernames and passwords. (The site has roughly 930,000 entries.)

But this isn't even the first time this has happened.

The public relations manager for the site, Matt Stevens, says the leak matches an incident that took place in 2012 with Brazzersforum, which was being managed by a third party at the time.

The incident occurred because of a vulnerability in the said third party software, the 'vBulletin' software, and not Brazzers itself. That being said, users' accounts were shared between Brazzers and the 'Brazzersforum,' which was created for user convenience. That resulted in a small portion of our user accounts being exposed, and we took corrective measures in the days following this incident to protect our users.

Brazzersforum is a sister site where users can discuss scenes and stars, as well as make requests. Since Tuesday, Brazzersforum has been under maintenance and is unavailable to users.

Troy Hunt – a security researcher and creator of the website Have I Been Pwned? – said that because some of the accounts were related to a forum, the data was even more sensitive than that of a normal porn site account.

When it's solely membership of an adult website, you know the person has an interest in adult material, which, whilst potentially embarrassing, tells you very little about them. Once they're commenting within a forum, though, now you have very personal information about their intimate thoughts. We also know that forum breaches frequently include not just user credentials, but private messages as well, and those can be particularly revealing.

The moral of the story is clear: Always use a throwaway login and password.

Citations: Nearly 80,000 Brazzers Porn Site Accounts Exposed in Forum Hack (Motherboard)