DMDigital Playground, one of the world’s biggest pornography websites, has been hacked – and a group has stolen 72,000 email addresses and passwords of site users. The hacker group ‘The Consortium’ – a new ‘face’ in the hacking scene, but reportedly affiliated with Anonymous – says it also has full access to 40,000 credit card details including security codes. The group says it will not publish the data, saying, ‘We do this for the love of the game, not for profit.’ ‘We will not be releasing or using this data – these people’s only crime was wanting some porn,’ said ‘The Consortium’ via public post this week. ‘This company has security, that if we didn’t know it was a real business, we would have thought to be a joke – a joke that we found much more amusing than they will.’ Digital Playground is a Californian pornographic movie studio which has a large stable of ‘adult’ stars, and has driven the adoption of technology in pornography, such as hi-def porn films.

I consider myself somewhat of a internet veteran. Old enough to remember a time before the internet but young enough to have grown up using it most of my life. So I feel like I have a good sense for cyberspace and where certain demographics of people spend their time and money here. But there’s still a group that has confused me since the days of AOL chat rooms and lying to people saying I was 16 to sound old: dudes who pay for porn.

Hasn’t internet porn always been free? In one way or another, right? At least free to the point where you can get enough of it to do the deed. So I’m left to assume that the only people who would do something as foolish as use a credit card on a porn site have to be older guys who aren’t savvy enough to get it free or steal it. It has to be them, right?

But those guys are like rich old white guys. And rich old white guys are smart enough to know about identity theft and the shitty security of porn sites. It’s just crazy that horniness totally outweighs their desire for safety. These are the same guys who are normally so careful they own paper shredders. And not the lame vertical line paper shredders, I’m talking about the deluxe ones that do the cross-cutting and leave everything looking like confetti. People like me don’t need to own paper shredders. Nobody is gonna risk the jail time for stealing your identity for a $1200 bank statement and a 401(k) from two jobs ago.

Is seeing some video prostitute’s labia in high definition really worth making a username and password and paying with your credit card in some shady-ass back alley of the internet? So much can go wrong if any parts of that is found out by anybody else in the world. Shit’s wild.