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Security breach exposes porn users' info

What kind of email do you use when you don't want anyone to know you're looking at porn or arguing politics on the Internet?

By MSN Money Partner Feb 23, 2012 2:59PM

This post comes from Kashmir Hill at partner site Forbes.com.

 

Forbes.com on MSN MoneyThose who enjoy Internet nudie scenes are dealing with their own exposure online this week. After the chat service for one of the porn websites run by Luxembourg-based adult entertainment company Manwin was compromised, the email addresses and passwords for thousands of users of YouPorn, which is essentially a YouTube for porn enthusiasts, have been posted online.

 

"See anyone you know?” asked technologist Ashkan Soltani, linking to the list on Twitter. Soltani also created a visualization of the passwords used most frequently by YouPorn users.

 

"YouPorn123456789″ tops the list, though other words related to YouPorn’s content were also quite popular. Less sensitive than the passwords in this hack, though, are the email addresses themselves. Scrolling through the list -- which consists mainly of Hotmail and Yahoo accounts, I saw quite a few that are of the standard firstname.lastname variety, making their identities easy to ascertain, meaning a good number of people have been involuntarily outed as YouPorn watchers.

 

"YouPorn chat, a service operated and hosted by a third party, failed to take the appropriate precautions in securing its user data,” says a Manwin spokesperson. “The YouPorn chat service has currently been disabled and terminated and will remain as such until the investigation is completed."

 

This is why it’s a good idea to have at least one alternate email address not clearly linked to your identity. If there are certain sites that you frequent on the Internet that you don’t want tied back to you, you may want to create an InternetNobody @ gmail.com-type address.

 

This isn’t just advice for porn watchers. If you're signing up anywhere online for an account where you’re going to be making public commentary that you don’t want easily linked back to your identity, an alternate address is a wise move.

 

Still skeptical? See the cautionary tale of Judge Shirley Saffold.

 

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19Comments
Feb 23, 2012 5:53PM
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big deal if someone watches skin flicks.its no ones buisness.why would hackers even bother.
Feb 23, 2012 7:47PM
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With all the free stuff on-line why would anyone subscribe to any porn site out there. Geeze what a bunch of idiots. You deserve it you rookies..lol

Feb 23, 2012 8:21PM
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I used to always say there are two things that will always be here Death and Taxes, I guess I was wrong forgot about Porn, so that makes three .....
Feb 23, 2012 7:54PM
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It used to be thought that knowing you were being spied on would lead a person to change their behavior. It seems these days people are saying, "So what? I'm a perv. But so are you." Hey, we're all perverts in some way, shape, or form. We are primates, after all. At least we don't fling our poop.
Feb 23, 2012 8:50PM
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Anybody making use of the internet, by now should know that their activity has and always  will be at risk ,so what's the big problem.
Feb 23, 2012 7:59PM
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What i would like to know is, does the clown who broke in and stole the names of these people actually think that they will shame others from viewing porn. Porn is the industry drawing the highest profits, it will never go away so those who despise it should go away. Everyone should live by their own standards and care less what others think. porn away all.
Feb 23, 2012 7:56PM
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BUBBA

 youporn is free you don't have to pay. Oooops busted!

Feb 24, 2012 2:24AM
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Poor Security practises results in decryption.
Feb 23, 2012 8:31PM
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Ahh youporn..my very first free porn site..There are tons of free sites now..Do people actually still buy/rent porn anymore? I guess so if it still a billion dollar industry..I'm gonna guess sex toys and novelty items are a big part of that though too
Feb 23, 2012 6:29PM
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I new I should have stuck to my iphone app Poker Dice I.
Feb 24, 2012 8:27AM
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MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER HAS BEEN HACKED BY (SAFE CART>COM) AND OTHER COMPANIES" LINKED TO SAFE CART! DO NOT USE YOUR CARD ON LINE!!!!! JUST GO AND PURCHASE FROM THE ORIGINAL SOURCE!  IF THERE ARE ATTORNEY'S OUT THERE ? PLEASE LETS" LITIGATE FOR $4.5 BILLION!.
Feb 24, 2012 8:45AM
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SEX IS SEX!. YOU ARE JUST MAD BECAUSE YOU DON't OWN STOCK IN THESE ORGANIZATIONS"! What is nicer to look at than a beutifull female?. All YOU Selfnamed

activist are the problem! "THOSE THAT HAVE NEVER LOOKED" AT THE OPOSITsex and not apreciated the NATURE OFTHE way we all became to be on this planet whithout looking at the other sex!. HIPPOCRITS'!. BUT UNDER AGE Children should not be on any site! I have four daughters' I don't want YOU PERVERTS" LOOKING AT MY CHILDREN! BUT FOR the people of the above 21 years' of age should be able to show their bodies'off and make a living at doing so! IF I CATCH A PERVERT, THE TAX PAYERS won't have to spend thier money prosecuting the pervert! USE YOUR IMAGINATION!

Feb 24, 2012 8:57AM
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AFTER BEING HACKED and My security number is gone I thing the Government should Give Me a new one!
Feb 24, 2012 10:35PM
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Why can't these hacker do something postive with all their brainpower like finding out what the goverment is really hiding from us but no they would rather get their jollies at our expence. Quite frankly stuff like this happens so often it does not surprize me anymore..
Feb 24, 2012 12:14AM
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My god, who cares. Maybe..the republican christians. Get a life.
Feb 23, 2012 8:07PM
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@Aeolus-- there are actually sites for thoe who *do* fling poop
Feb 24, 2012 1:31AM
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"I am soooo gonna laugh when it is discovered that the Religious Right has hacked the sites for that info and nuns, and Mormons, and Jehovah Witnesses and Evangelicals start showing up at the perverts doors!  Maybe even start subscribing them to religious magazines and stuff...hahahahaha"

Which one are YOU?  The nun, the Jehova or the pervert?
Feb 24, 2012 8:55AM
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READ THE SAINT JOHNS" VERSION OF THE BIBLE! and then complain!!!!.

WE NEED A FEMAL PRESIDENT A.S.A.P. MS> KALIN< MS BUSH????? MS> OBAMMA???

come on ladies' YOU MADE ADAM BITE the Apple I"M SURE YOU CAN GET A BUNCH OF

MEN MIND THEIR MANNERS'!. I am A professional Personal Body GUARD!. I Need a good job!.

Feb 23, 2012 6:32PM
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I am soooo gonna laugh when it is discovered that the Religious Right has hacked the sites for that info and nuns, and Mormons, and Jehovah Witnesses and Evangelicals start showing up at the perverts doors!  Maybe even start subscribing them to religious magazines and stuff...hahahahaha
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