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In what preliminary reports are indicating could be one of the biggest breaches of 2016, the Friend Finder’s Network (FFN) and the six properties operating under its domain, including Adult Friends Finder, have been breached. The breach was triggered by local file inclusion vulnerability (LFI) and resulted in over 412 million users being compromised. Most passwords were stored with SHA-1 encryption, which is too weak to thwart off modern attackers. Experts are saying that this breach could be worse than the one that occurred at MySpace earlier this year. Consequently, the FFN breach is likely to cause a domino effect of smaller breaches resulting from password reuse and spear-phishing. The breach at FFN indicates a growing need for data systems to update and modernize security as the cyber landscape continues to grow and evolve.

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