YouPorn passwords leaked onto internet, says adult video site
Published 24/02/2012 | 11:28
YOUPORN passwords, used by members of the internationally popular adult video site, have been released onto the internet.
The breach came after a third-party service's security was apparently hacked, YouPorn said. Users of a chat service linked to the main YouPorn website have had their personal information compromised.
YouPorn is an adult video-sharing website that was originally modelled on Google's YouTube service for consumers. It is among the 100 most popular websites in the world, according to Web information company Alexa, and has increasingly been dominated by professional adult video companies.
Thousands of leaked email address and password combinations purportedly linked to the chat service were circulating online, but their authenticity could not be confirmed by The Associated Press. At least some of the addresses appeared to be bogus or inactive, although such addresses may be the kinds of email addresses users would submit if logging on to the potentially embarassing porn video website.
It remains unclear how many people were potentially affected by the breach.
Luxembourg-based Manwin Holding SARL said the chat site had been disabled and would remain offline until an investigation was carried out. Manwin spokeswoman Kate Miller stressed that the site was run by an outside company on separate servers and that there was no breach at YouPorn itself. Manwin runs some of the world's most-visited pornography websites.
Miller said she could not immediately say who ran the chat service, called YP Chat. The site was down Wednesday, but a cached version described it as an "affiliate partner program site licensed by YouPorn."
Earlier this month, a hacker claimed to have broken into a site associated with Manwin-owned pornography maker Brazzers and published a stash of usernames and passwords. The company said at the time it had taken steps to notify the users involved.