Adult friend finder similar
ROR[RG] insisted that Adult Friend Finder (the company) owed a friend of his nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
He wanted his friend to get paid, so he went public.
Another possible mechanism could have been hijacking ssh keys from a compromised admin account or github, but those tend to be secondary in most cases.
Either way, the database dump itself is 570 megabytes, and assuming the data was exfiltrated in a few large transactions, it would have been very noticeable on a network level.
That’s more than I make for an article, so paying him (he wanted bitcoins by the way) was out of the question.
I am not a top notch hacker, but I did spend most of my life attempting to stop hackers from accessing or damaging data. As part of my job, I had to know how hackers did their jobs and became moderately good at it.I would estimate that for every computer hack that reaches the public’s knowledge there are 100 hacks that go unnoticed.All previous hacks of Adult Friend Finder that I am aware of were done by hackers who simply wanted to know whether their girlfriend, or boyfriend was possibly cheating on them.In this case, the administrator would have had two opportunities to notice the abnormality: 1) At the database level, as the data was extracted.