An animal abuse website or otherwise called a “bestiality” platform (whose name will not be shared here as it is not appropriate) has been hacked and as a result, its database containing personal information of registered users has been stolen.
The breach took place on September 25th, 2019 and confirmed by Troy Hunt of HaveIbeenPwned on October 20th.
The administrators of the targeted bestiality website have also acknowledged the breach and stated in a forum post that unknown hackers were able to exploit a known vulnerability in VBulletin, the forum software that was being used by the site.
We had planned to install a security update shortly after learning about the issue however our site was attacked quickly and our database was compromised, said the forum post seen by HackRead.
As for what was in the database, in total; the database contained 71,000 records.
According to the same forum post, the stolen database included users’ email addresses along with password hashes, date of birth and last logged-in IP addresses. However, chats and posts related data remained untouched since this information was saved on another server.
Screen source: HaveIbeenPwned (Twitter)
The site is now urging users to change their password on immediate bases. On the other hand, amid the breach, its administrators have moved from VBulletin to XenForo, a commercial Internet forum software package written in the PHP programming language.
It is unclear if the targeted site is operated from the United States or the leaked accounts belonged to the users in the States.
Nevertheless, in case if hackers leaked the database online, authorities should look into the matter, tracking users could be an easy task since their last logged IP addresses are part of the leaked data.
Laws affecting animal abuse or zoophilic activities vary across different countries and other sub-national jurisdictions. However, as of February 10th, 2018, in the United States, 45 states, and 2 territories ban such activities with animals.
This, however, is not the first time when an animal abuse platform has been hacked for good.
In 2018, another popular bestiality site was not only hacked but hackers ended up leaking personal details of 3000 users online.
On April 19th, 2015, Anonymous hacktivists hacked and deleted several x-rated animal abuse websites.
But it did not end there as on April 24th, Anonymous conducted another attack and shut down the world’s largest platform dedicated to abusive content against animals.
Nevertheless, the question remains why such websites are allowed to operate and why authorities literally take no action to track their operators and users.