While Thorne has yet to confirm or deny the leak, cybersecurity firm BackChannel claims the website was hacked in March when a subscriber posted a Google Drive full of X-rated content from the adult website on a hacking forum.
"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. This implies that multiple contributors likely added to the cache, or that the uploader sourced the content from multiple leaks. We do not assess that the poster on RaidForums is the original uploader of the Google Drive content", BackChannel founder Aaron DeVera was cited as telling tech website BleepingComputer.
Most of the adult-themed content appears to have been uploaded in October 2020, with DeVera suggesting that it could've been compiled by multiple people.
"Stolen sexually explicit imagery is explicitly called out in their terms of service as a breach, however the only way to report this content is to go to each individual file and report it".
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In February, the platform wrote in a blog post that creators can "guarantee that your data and content will be safe and secure thanks to data encryption" when using OnlyFans.
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Bella Thorne sparked a furore when she joined the subscription-based website in August 2020, leading OnlyFans to "briefly" crash shortly after she launched her page. The ex-Disney star then managed to set a record by making $1 million in subscriptions on the platform, with OnlyFans revealing that Thorne was the first content creator on the site to earn such an amount in 24 hours.
Thorne is said to be very active on the platform, responding to all direct messages and "getting to know her fans better and on a personal level".