Dutch Website Hack Reveals Data Of 250000 Sex Workers’ Clients

The account details of the 250 thousand users of Dutch website Hookers.nl have leaked out after a vulnerability on the website was exploited. A hacker captured the members’ data and is offering it for sale, NOS reports based on its own research after an anonymous tip. The website is popular among clients of sex workers, who exchange tips, reviews and experiences in the sex industry.


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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
October 13, 2019
The vBulletin vulnerability is a reminder that timely patching for public-facing and publicly-exploitable vulnerabilities.
The vBulletin vulnerability is a reminder that timely patching for public-facing and publicly-exploitable vulnerabilities should always be a top priority for organisations. With so many external-facing systems made up of different components, this can be a difficult task, which is why it's important to have an up-to-date and reliable asset inventory to make sure the right priority is assigned to n ....
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David Emm, Principal Security Researcher ,  Kaspersky
October 13, 2019
Websites like Hookers.nl hold an awful lot of valuable data – and there could have serious consequences if information leaked.
If people want to use legal services of this nature, they have the right to do so, and they have the right to rest assured their data is stored safely. The personal nature of this website means the people using it would not want their information public, so this data Is especially sensitive and could lead victims of the breach open to extortion and blackmail. Two years ago there was a similar brea ....
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Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
October 13, 2019
Criminal hackers love to target data that is considered shameful to some because it has the most impact if it were to be released.
Criminal hackers love to target data that is considered shameful to some because it has the most impact if it were to be released. Therefore, it has a higher monetary value for the same amount of work as another hack. Consequences have been dreadful from similar attacks on websites, such as Ashley Maddison, in the past, so it is essential for those affected to know they need to change their passwo ....
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Ilia Kolochenko, Founder and CEO,  ImmuniWeb
October 11, 2019
Unscrupulous cybercriminals will start blackmailing the victims and their families very soon.
Compared to some notorious breaches that have occurred in the last 12 months involving billions of compromised records, this data breach may seem comparatively insignificant. However, in terms of reputational damage it’s apt to inflict upon the victims, the impact may be unprecedentedly disastrous. We all remember reports of numerous suicides and countless family dramas when Ashley Madison was h ....
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