Brazzers breached: 800,000 usernames and passwords for porn site exposed

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Another day, another data breach to report. And another opportunity for some folks somewhere to be embarrassed by the exposure of their intimate, umm, preferences.

Motherboard reports that 790,724 unique sets of email addresses, usernames, and plaintext passwords from the Brazzers porn site have been, yes, exposed.

The compromise apparently happened on Brazzers’ forum, not its core website. However, according to Motherboard, “Brazzers users who never signed up to the forum may also find their details included in the dump.”

According to the report, the breach monitoring site Vigilante.pw shared a copy of the compromised dataset with Motherboard. Its journalists then enlisted Troy Hunt, proprietor of the Have I Been Pwned? website. Hunt contacted enough subscribers to verify that the dataset is quite authentic.

Brazzers’ PR manager Matt Stevens said in an email to Motherboard:

This matches an incident which occurred in 2012 with our ‘Brazzersforum,’ which was managed by a third party. The incident occurred because of a vulnerability in the said third party software, the ‘vBulletin’ software, and not Brazzers itself.

That being said, users’ accounts were shared between Brazzers and the ‘Brazzersforum’ which was created for user convenience. That resulted in a small portion of our user accounts being exposed and we took corrective measures in the days following this incident to protect our users.

Needless to say, if you happen to run an ancient vBulletin board that hasn’t been patched in way too long, you’d better clean that up (and cross your fingers).

If you are a Brazzers user, it would be a good idea to change your password now. If you reused it on any other site, change it there too.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, make sure you use a different password for each site you have an account with.

And if you need some help with picking a proper password, we’ve got a video to help you.

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