800,000 Brazzers Accounts Exposed in Message Board Hack
BURBANK, Calif. — Officials at Brazzers have acknowledged that 800,000 website accounts have been exposed in a data breach.
The hack, first reported by Motherboard today, has caused company officials to temporarily close the porn site’s message board site.
At post time, Brazzers Forum is down and displays an “under construction” message.
At Brazzers Forum, which uses a separate URL from the main site, users discuss Brazzers porn scenes and stars, among other topics.
Matt Stevens, public relations manager from Brazzers, which is operated by MindGeek, told Motherboard that the breach “matches an incident which occurred in 2012 with our Brazzers Forum, 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,” Stevens said.
“That being said, users’ accounts were shared between Brazzers and the Brazzers Forum, 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,” Stevens said.
Motherboard said it was alerted to the breach by Vigilante.pw, which includes a database directory on hacks.
Stevens said that the breached data provided contains “many duplicates and non-functional accounts.”
As a result, Stevens said, “We banned all non-active accounts in that list in case those usernames and passwords are re-used in the future. Brazzers takes the privacy and safety of its users very seriously."