Hackers Gain Access To Pornhub’s Full List Of Users

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Pornhub has been hit by a trio of hackers who discovered a way to break into the site and see a full list of all its users. 

But before you start frantically deleting your explicit browser history, thankfully these hackers were the good guys and decided not to embarrass the world by revealing your viewing habits.

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So, relax, your tastes in Minecraft and Leprechaun porn videos (no, just me?) will remain a secret between you and your sticky PC.

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The team, led by Ruslan Habalov, instead alerted Pornhub about the issue in return for a massive ‘bug bounty’ of $20,000 (£15,000).

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It was back in May when the favourite website of every 16-year-old with a laptop and high-speed Internet launched the scheme, where ‘friendly’ hackers would be rewarded with anything up to $25,000 (£17,000) for reporting security vulnerabilities.

Other big name companies to splash the cash for friendly hackers who can break through their security and tell them about their faults include the likes of Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft.

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The researchers said:

We gained remote code execution and would’ve been able to dump the complete database of pornhub.com including all sensitive user information. We would also have been able to track and observe user behaviour on the platform.

The whole hack seemed pretty damn complicated, but if you wanted to find out how they managed to pull it off (sorry) you can see their full explanation here.

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Phew, you’ve got to love a happy ending (I’ll see myself out).


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