A hacking forum has reported that hundreds of OnlyFans accounts had content stolen and put on a Google Drive.
OnlyFans is a popular subscription service that sees subscribers receive content exclusively. While celebrities use the platform, it is primarily used for pornography.
Unfortunately, the popular platform appears to be the victim of a major hack. Researchers at cybersecurity firm BackChannel have found a Google Drive account where a member has shared hundreds of adult-themed content with other individuals.
What is on the Drive?
The exact size of the files remains a mystery. According to BleepingComputer, this is because the files would have to be downloaded to uncover the information. However, the founder of BackChannel has outlined what the situation is.
Aaron DeVera has explained that the Google Drive has contained folders for 279 OnlyFans creators. Furthermore, one of the folders has over 10GB of videos and photos. This means that some users of the platform have had a lot of content stolen.
DeVera went on to note the reason that this hack was unique:
“It is not uncommon for subscribers of OnlyFans creators to share files. OnlyFans has somewhat weak content controls around their content, and there are plenty of bots and scrapers a legitimate subscriber can use. What makes this unique is that so many users were bundled in one folder.
The source of the content is unclear, but it has been hypothesised that a group of people contributed to the drive. In fact, most of the content was uploaded in October 2020.
A growing problem
“When using OnlyFans, you can guarantee that your data and content will be safe and secure thanks to data encryption.”
“Your personal information (such as your address and date of birth) is kept on a separate server and is fully encrypted so that hackers can’t access your exact details.”
In terms of protecting your content, the company states:
“When posting your content on OnlyFans, it’s a good idea to add watermarks to your content to discourage users from re-posting your content without your permission.”
“Unfortunately, a minority of users will attempt to go to great lengths to steal and/or re-post your content without your permission. If this ever happens, then you should get in touch with our dedicated Copyright Team, who are here and on hand to help you resolve the matter.”
It seems that there are avenues to explore if the content is stolen. However, many will be concerned about this drive containing personal content without the knowledge of the creator.
Let’s hope the hackers are caught!
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