Digital Playground becomes hackers’ playground (update 1)

The Digital Playground porn site has reportedly been hacked. Big time.  The site that advertises “Porn worth paying for” may find itself paying dearly for a security breach that may have exposed over 72,000 customers’ details and over 44,000 credit card numbers.

In what they claim as their first release, a group calling themselves The Consortium (@Th3Consortium on Twitter) described the hack:

You see for a while now we have had access to, one of the five biggest porn sites in the world.
But it doesn’t need any introduction from us.

This company has security, that if we didn’t know it was a real business, we would have thought to be a joke – a joke that we found much more amusing than they will.

“This site has so many freaking holes that if I didn’t know it was a porn site, I would have mistaken it for a honeypot” – [Redacted]

We did not set out to destroy them but they made it too enticing to resist. So now our humble crew leave lulz and mayhem in our path.
We not only have the 72k users of this site but also over 40k plaintext credit cards including ccvs, names and expiry dates.
If you want to hear more about those plaintext credit cards scroll through the MySql info further down. And of course as this is a porn site
there was no shortage of .mil and .gov emails in their user list.

We also went on and rooted four of their servers, as well as gaining access to their mail boxes. Using credentials from emails
we tapped into their conference call. “Is anyone besides David on the line ?” – We were. Did we win? Sure looks that way.

Digital Playground game over.

Thankfully for the 72,794 users whose usernames, e-mail addresses and plaintext passwords were reportedly acquired, the hackers did not dump all of the data they claim to have acquired, but if they are possession of the data, that alone is  cause for concern. They posted a smattering of the personally identifiable information they acquired:

  • 27 admins’ names, usernames, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords
  • 28 admins’ names, usernames, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords (some overlap with previous table)
  • 85 affiliates’ usernames, plaintext passwords, and in some cases, IP addresses
  • 100 users’ e-mail addresses, usernames (same as e-mail addresses) and plaintext passwords, and
  • 82 .gov and .mil e-mail addresses with corresponding plaintext passwords

They did not dump the 44,663 credit card numbers that they claim to have acquired, but note that card numbers, card expiration date, cvv and all customer billing address and contact info were in plain text. They provided two redacted versions of named customers as proof of that.

Clearly, if their claims are true (and I have no reason to disbelieve based on what they posted), this is bad. Really bad. So much personal information stored in clear text? Seriously? From Digital Playground’s Privacy Policy:

1. Information Security

Digital Playground, Inc. is dedicated to the protection of Site users’ information. To prevent unauthorized access to information provided to us, the Company uses a number of generally accepted industry standard procedures designed to effectively safeguard the confidentiality of your personal information. These procedures include secure server location, controlled access to data and equipment, robust redundant firewall software, network monitoring, adaptive analysis of network traffic to track and prevent attempted network intrusions and other network abuse and appropriate employee training in the area of data security. We shall continue to take reasonable steps to provide effective data protection at all times, however, because no security technology can provide invulnerability to information compromise, the Company cannot, and does not, guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us or to any third party affiliated with the Site.

Apparently their dedication doesn’t extend to encrypting customer data or PCI DSS compliance.

At the time of this posting, DP’s  homepage returns an error message.  They have not yet responded to an inquiry I sent them this morning about the claimed hack.

h/t, Dump Centa

Update:  The web site is back up with no notice and I’ve received no response to my inquiry yet.  Interestingly, Digital Playground is operated by Manwin – the same firm that operates the Brazzers and  YouPorn web sites that were recently in the news when they were hacked. According to Manwin’s statement in the previous reports, this site appears to have had less security than Brazzers, as in that case, user passwords were reportedly encrypted and credit card data were not compromised.

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