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In its response to our story, the company stated that it had “only just been made aware” of the hack.
But an email trail on that a warning about the leak was sent by a cyber security consultant on 12 March.
Details of the security breach were reported by the U. One of the largest dating websites, Adult Friend Finder bills itself as a place to "hookup, find sex or meet someone hot now" and has over 64 million members worldwide.
The hacker claiming responsibility, who goes by the handle ROR[RG], posted several spreadsheets detailing the data records of more than 3.5 million users.
In addition to launching an internal review, Friend Finder Networks has hired Mandiant, a high-profile cybersecurity company, to investigate the hack, and is working with the FBI.
The hack also revealed that the company had kept information on 15 million accounts that users had deleted, as well as information on users for assets it no longer owned, such as Penthouse.
By comparison, the Ashley Madison hack that took place in July 2015 revealed 32 million accounts, although that attack was also accompanied by a more aggressive extortion campaign.
Unlike Friend Finder Networks, Yahoo is a mainstream service.
The company said the warning ended up in its spam folder, despite an email from an employee indicating that it had been read.
The cache may also include 15 million email addresses connected to deleted accounts, according to Leaked Source.