Internet porn users have names leaked online

Posted by Emma Woollacott

Thousands of internet porn users in the UK have had their personal details leaked online, along with a list of the mucky movies they've downloaded and shared.

The list appeared on the file sharing website Pirate Bay after an attack on the website of law firm ACS:Law, which had compiled it in order to chase internet pirates.

There are believed to be over 5,300 names and addresses of Sky broadband customers on the list, along with their IP addresses, and some credit card details are believed to have been included. The entire archive was quickly uploaded to other file sharing networks, where it has been downloaded thousands of times.

ACS:Law is a comparatively small outfit, but has become notorious for scouring the internet for possible pirates and then sending letters demanding compensation for copyright holders.

The attack is said to have been carried out by 4Chan under the same 'Payback' campaign it used to target the MPAA and RIAA a couple of weeks ago.

Campaigning group Privacy International says that while ACS:Law's email archive was exposed after the DDoS attack, there's no evidence that the web server was compromised, indicating that the data breach was caused by poor administration and a lack of security.

"This data breach is likely to result in significant harm to tens of thousands of people in the form of fraud, identity theft and severe emotional distress," says Privacy International advisor Alexander Hanff.

"This firm collected this information by spying on internet users, and now it has placed thousands of innocent people at risk."

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is now investigating the affair. The Data Protection Act stipulates that "appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data."