[FoRK] Fwd: [ISN] Porn Star HIV Test Database Leaked

Gregory Alan Bolcer greg at bolcer.org
Fri Apr 1 06:43:41 PDT 2011

That's gotta be a HIPAA violation.....

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Subject: [ISN] Porn Star HIV Test Database Leaked
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 00:29:12 -0600 (CST)
From: InfoSec News <alerts at infosecnews.org>
Organization: InfoSec News - http://www.infosecnews.org/
To: isn at infosecnews.org


By Adrian Chen
March 30, 2011

The patient database of the private health clinic that conducts STD
tests for California's porn industry has been breached, exposing test
results and personal details about thousands of current and former porn
performers, some of which have been published on a Wikileaks-style

Earlier this year, a website called Porn Wikileaks posted a list of what
it claimed were the real names of more than 15,000 porn performers past
and present, alongside their stage names and dates of birth. This
essentially "outed" them to any passing Googler, which caused an uproar
in the industry since many porn performers try to keep their real name
secret, for obvious reasons. That 15,000 names were on the list was
significant, especially considering only about 1,200-1,500 performers
are currently working in California's Porn Valley.

It turns out that many of the names came from a database belonging to
the Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation (AIM), which conducts
the majority of STD tests for the porn industry. (Working straight
performers get tested at least once every 28 days.) The porn gossip
blogger Mike South first reported the breach after he was contacted by a
number of porn performers who said the information posted about them on
Porn Wikileaks must have come from AIM's database. Their proof: They had
only used the stage names that were posted on Porn Wikileaks once, when
registering for testing at AIM.

One former porn performer we spoke to registered for an HIV test with
AIM using a stage name he made up "off the top of my head" when he
started in the industry eight years ago—and he never used it again. (He
picked a new stage name when he appeared in his first adult video.) But
the stage name he gave AIM recently appeared on Porn Wikileaks, linked
to his real name. That stage name "was never used, it was never spoken
anywhere else. It was written down one time and one time only and that
was on the HIV form for AIM," he said. "Without a question [the leak]
came from AIM."


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