"Need more coffee before I call up this cop and ask him why his government email address is linked to his Adult Friend Finder account," someone named Andrew Blake tweeted Thursday."I am loading these up in the mailer now / I will send you some dough from what it makes / thank you!! While several users have been identified, the same cannot be said of the hacker -- who goes by the online moniker ROR[RG].The Conversation UK receives funding from Hefce, Hefcw, SAGE, SFC, RCUK, The Nuffield Foundation, The Ogden Trust, The Royal Society, The Wellcome Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Alliance for Useful Evidence, as well as sixty five university members.
"Until the investigation is completed, it will be difficult to determine with certainty the full scope of the incident, but we will continue to work vigilantly to address this potential issue and will provide updates as we learn more from our investigation," Friend Finder's statement continued."We cannot speculate further about this issue, but rest assured, we pledge to take the appropriate steps needed to protect our customers if they are affected," it said.
The news outlet made the discovery as part of an investigation into the "dark web" ad less visible subset of the Internet where criminals trade in illicit goods.
Adult Friend Finder, which promises the ability to "Hookup, Find Sex or Meet Someone Hot Now," as well as share video cams and chat online, is part of Sunnyvale, Calif-based Friend Finder Networks, which touts 600 million-plus members on more than 40,000 sites.
Recent research conducted at Swinburne University investigated the dating and relationship practices of older Australian adults aged between 60 and 92.
Those who had met their partners through dating websites went online because they felt there were very limited places and opportunities to meet like-minded others and because they no longer took part in the pub and club scene.