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The information of 3.9m Adult Friend Finder members has been leaked, including those who told the site to delete their accounts.

Shaun Harper is one of those whose details have been published.

These sites are meant to be secure." Within hours of the data being leaked, hackers on the forum said they intended to hit victims with spam emails, and Mr Harper has been targeted with virused emails since his information was made public.

Online crime experts believe the after the initial spam email campaign, hackers will now begin trawling through the data for potential blackmail targets.

The spreadsheets contain addresses linked to dozens of government and armed services personnel, including members of the British Army.

"Where you've got names, dates of birth, ZIP codes, then that provides an opportunity to actually target specific individuals whether they be in government or healthcare for example, so you can profile that person and send more targeted blackmail-type emails," says Charlie Mc Murdie, a cybercrime specialist for Pw C and former head of the Metropolitan Police's electronic crime unit.

"The site seemed OK, but when I got into it I realised it wasn't really for me, I was looking for something longer term. You couldn't get into the site without handing over information.

These sites are meant to be secure." Within hours of the data being leaked, hackers on the forum said they intended to hit victims with spam emails, and Mr Harper has been targeted with virused emails since his information was made public.

Online crime experts believe the after the initial spam email campaign, hackers will now begin trawling through the data for potential blackmail targets.

The spreadsheets contain addresses linked to dozens of government and armed services personnel, including members of the British Army.

"Where you've got names, dates of birth, ZIP codes, then that provides an opportunity to actually target specific individuals whether they be in government or healthcare for example, so you can profile that person and send more targeted blackmail-type emails," says Charlie Mc Murdie, a cybercrime specialist for Pw C and former head of the Metropolitan Police's electronic crime unit.

"The site seemed OK, but when I got into it I realised it wasn't really for me, I was looking for something longer term. You couldn't get into the site without handing over information.

"I deleted my account, so I thought the information had gone.