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If Adult Friend Finder users have the same password for multiple sites and online services, criminals could use it to compromise other accounts.Similarly, personal details could be used in phishing campaigns that use such information as bait to trick people into giving up sensitive data."With this breach of 400 million accounts we should expect a domino effect of smaller data breaches with password reuse and spear-phishing," says Ilia Kolochenko, CEO of security firm High-Tech Bridge."General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforcement will probably help to minimize this type of incident in the future, however it will take some time.Control of the company would go to Andrew Conru and Lars Mapstead, two noteholders who sold various social networking websites to Friend Finder in 2007.Through a network of thousands of websites, Friend Finder provides live video, chat rooms, and photo and video sharing.In 2010 the company offered to buy rival Playboy Enterprises Inc for 0 million. Friend Finder said the plan was supported by 80 percent of its noteholders but has not yet been put to a creditor vote.Bell and Staton, who resigned their executive positions with the company last year, each agreed to a 0,000 cash payment to end their consulting agreements with the company, according to court documents. In 2007 the company bought Various Inc and its dating websites from Conru and Mapstead for 0 million. Bankruptcy Court papers it plans to issue cash and new debt to holders of 4 million of first-lien notes.A year later it filed with regulators to raise 0 million in an initial public offering, but when it finally completed the IPO in 2011, Friend Finder raised just million. It also plans to cancel about 0 million in second-lien notes and issue new stock to those debtholders, who will own the company when it exits bankruptcy if the plan receives creditor and court approval.
The company was formed by Marc Bell and Daniel Staton in 2003 when they acquired out of bankruptcy the publisher of Penthouse, Guccione’s racier rival to Playboy.Additionally, Adult Friend Finder ranked second in terms of adult dating site or app awareness in the United Kingdom, with 17 percent of surveyed individuals who reported that they knew it at least by name.A major data breach to the "sex and swingers" website Adult Friend Finder could trigger a series of follow-on hacks, security researchers have warned.It also sought to tap the powers of social networking with websites such as adultfriendfinder.com, which promoted casual sex, and bigchurch.com, which aimed for spiritual connections.The company and its affiliates comprise a global network of more than 8,000 websites with 220 million members and 750,000 subscribers, according to court documents. N and other social sites have boomed, Friend Finder’s limped.