On Nov. 5, security researchers at Comparitech led by Bob Diachenko, discovered several unsecured databases exposing over 200 million records belonging to users and models of adult webcam platform Stripchat.
Sensitive data exposed
The leaked data belonging to the Cypriot-based webcam platform includes information on models and viewers alike, including:
What is at risk
Although Stripchat managed to secure the database on Nov. 7, it’s not clear if any malicious actors were able to access and exfiltrate the data before then.
“Through ongoing monitoring of our security controls, our technical team detected a temporary data breach during a routine configuration of our servers,” Stripchat said in a statement last Friday. “Our team immediately took action to resolve the issue and secure our systems. The servers and data are now secure and we are currently investigating to what extent users of the site might have been affected.”
However, the sensitive nature of the exposed info puts both webcam models and users at risk of online and offline attacks.
“IP addresses, which can be used to approximate someone’s location, are particularly worrying,” Diachenko said. “They could enable someone to find and stalk, harass, or even assault someone in the database. Aside from physical violence, the identifying information could be used to extort, bully, or humiliate victims who thought their online activities were private.”
On a more positive note, Stripchat’s data breach notification says the company is “confident that passwords, payment details and account verification documents were not accessed.” Stripchat said it will continue to investigate the circumstances around the breach and keep users and models informed.
Despite a lack of evidence of any nefarious actions from threat actors, victims are advised to watch out for any phishing emails posing as Stripchat correspondence and use caution when accessing links or attachments.
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