Following the news, regarding the data breach from a forum closely related to popular adult website Brazzers, which exposed the details of 800,000 users. Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer, Thales e-Security commented below.

The leak, which was disclosed by a breach notification website called vigilante.pw, contained 790,724 email records in total, alongside forum usernames and even plain-text passwords.

Jon Geater, Chief Technology Officer at Thales e-Security:  

Jon Geater“This kind of hack highlights the complexity of maintaining personal privacy and security online, and keeping your private life private.  Although this particular incident concerns an adult site the flaw came from a piece of generic shared software that is also used on many other sites.

So with generic software bugs all over the Internet and consumers reusing email addresses and passwords reused for many different purposes, there is total uncertainty about what parts of your online  – and real – identity are safe and which might be exposed to public gaze.

This latest breach underlines the clear requirement for advanced cyber-security techniques – such as robust encryption – that protect organisations from allowing hackers to penetrate their networks and access potentially sensitive user data.”

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