Yet in the digital age, people are turning to nerdy hacker-types as guides. At first, they might seem like an odd source of romantic advice, but think again: Computer programmers created the systems of quizzes, swipes and algorithms that millions rely on for matchmaking. Who better to explain how to make the most of these digital tools? This new approach to dating takes advantage of the power of data. After applying these insights to her own profile, she became the most popular woman on JDate, an online dating site for Jewish people. Mathematician Christopher McKinlay similarly hacked his profile on OkCupid and crawled thousands of profiles to identify the clusters of women he most wanted to target. With hundreds of candidates in hand, both had to then filter the field: Webb created a sophisticated spreadsheet, and McKinlay went on 88 dates.
Ashley Madison data breach
In July , a group calling itself “The Impact Team” stole the user data of Ashley Madison , a commercial website billed as enabling extramarital affairs. The group copied personal information about the site’s user base and threatened to release users’ names and personally identifying information if Ashley Madison would not immediately shut down.
On 18th and 20th of August, the group leaked more than 60 gigabytes of company data, including user details.
It’s bad enough that dating sites are a pit of exaggerations and inevitable cases of people saying their OkCupid account had been hacked.
Or, you get a message that your account password has been changed, without your knowledge. What do you do? This is a timely question considering that social media breaches have been on the rise. There may be other hidden threats to having your social media account hacked. The risks associated with a hacker poking around your social media have a lot to do with how much personal information you share. Does your account include personal information that could be used to steal your identity, or guess your security questions on other accounts?
These could include your date of birth, address, hometown, or names of family members and pets. Just remember, even if you keep your profile locked down with strong privacy settings, once the hacker logs in as you, everything you have posted is up for grabs.
Ashley Madison Has Signed 30 Million Cheating Spouses. Again. Has Anything Changed?
If you go to Google News and scroll down to the health section or click on the health section to load more health news, you may be presented with a ton of spam. It looks like Google News was injected with a ton of hacked content for pharmaceutical spam, as well as unrelated dating site spam. Here is a screen shot of some of the articles showing up for me in the Google News health section right now:. Earlier today, this content appeared directly on the main Google News home page, but now it is only when you try to load more health news.
Russian online dating service Topface was hacked. Fraud detection firm, Easy Solutions, discovered the breach when a hacker claimed “to be.
How do you express your love online? Not by storing 42 million passwords in plain text and hiding the fact that you were hacked from your customers who are looking for love. The breach of Cupid Media , which has more than 30 niche online dating websites, allowed hackers to harvest personal details like names, addresses, dates of birth and passwords from 42 million accounts.
We are currently in the process of double-checking that all affected accounts have had their passwords reset and have received an email notification. The company says it has more than 30 dating sites with over 30 million members , but that 42 million is an inaccurate number of members as the records included inactive or deleted accounts.
Yes, well inactive or not, tell that to the people who reuse the same password on other sites. Storing passwords in plain text is pitiful, but so are the awful password choices. If you use such a password, did you reuse it elsewhere? Change it now, and please try to be a bit more imaginative and secure when you create a new password. Speaking of online dating, computer scientists have come up with a new algorithm that accesses your tastes in potential mates, but only matches you to potential partners who would most likely find you attractive too.
Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It’s Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps
As cyberattacks and data breaches go, Ashley Madison was the big one, the mother lode. Overnight, the lives of millions of people were turned upside down. Marriages and families collapsed. There were reported suicides as humiliation and panic hit in dozens of countries around the world. And yet more people have signed up to Ashley Madison since the hack than had signed up before. And that is extraordinary.
Dating is hard enough without the added stress of worrying about your digital safety online. But social media and dating apps are pretty inevitably involved in romance these days—which makes it a shame that so many of them have had security lapses in such a short amount of time. Within days of each other this week, the dating apps OkCupid, Coffee Meets Bagel, and Jack’d all disclosed an array of security incidents that serve as a grave reminder of the stakes on digital profiles that both store your personal information and introduce you to total strangers.
OkCupid came under scrutiny this week after TechCrunch reported on Sunday that users have been dealing with a rise in hackers taking over accounts, then changing the account email address and password. Once this transition has happened, it’s difficult for legitimate accounts owners to regain control of their profiles. Hackers then use those stolen identities for scams or harassment, or both. Multiple people who have dealt with this situation recently told TechCrunch that it was difficult to work with OkCupid to resolve the situations.
OkCupid is adamant that the hacks aren’t a result of a data breach or security lapse at the dating service itself. Instead, the company says that the takeovers are the result of customers reusing passwords that have been breached elsewhere. When asked about whether the company plans to add two-factor authentication to its service—which would make account takeovers more difficult—the spokesperson said, “OkCupid is always exploring ways to increase security in our products.
We expect to continue to add options to continue to secure accounts. Meanwhile, Coffee Meets Bagel suffered an actual breach this week, albeit a relatively minor one.
How cyberthieves are targeting online daters
A reader contacted TechCrunch after his account was hacked. The reader, who did not want to be named, said the hacker broke in and changed his password, locking him out of his account. Worse, they changed his email address on file, preventing him from resetting his password. Then, the hacker started harassing him with strange text messages from his phone number that was lifted from one of his private messages. We found several cases of people saying their OkCupid account had been hacked.
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A hacker has put up for sale the dates of birth, genders, website activity, mobile numbers, usernames, email addresses and MD5-hashed passwords for 3. Then, another threat actor posted them on the same popular dark web hackers forum, but this time, they were offered for free. Based in Barcelona, Mobifriends is an online service and Android app designed to help users worldwide meet new people online. RBS said that as of Thursday, the records were still up for grabs, now offered at the Low!
The leaked data sets are currently available in a non-restricted manner despite being originally offered for sale. RBS says that DonJuji originally posted the data for sale on a prominent deep web hacking forum on 12 January. The data was later posted in the same forum for free by another threat actor on 12 April. The posted data sets have a total of 3,, records, though after removing duplicates, the researchers were left with 3,, unique credentials. RBS says the records appear to be valid.
Namely, they were hashed with the vulnerability-vexxed MD5 hashing function. The MD5 encryption algorithm is known to be less robust than other modern alternatives, potentially allowing the encrypted passwords to be decrypted into plaintext. Hackers themselves have reportedly secured their databases with MD5, leading to headlines like one from last month about a hackers forum getting hacked … and then jeered at for using MD5.
Given the reported use of MD5, Mobifriends users could well be in danger of having their passwords exposed and their accounts taken over. The breach should be particularly worrisome for businesses, given that there were professional email addresses among the breached data sets, including those from the companies American International Group AIG , Experian, Walmart, Virgin Media, and a number of other Fortune companies.
The cheating website in an involuntary affair with hackers
Millions of people turn to online dating apps or social networking sites to meet someone. But instead of finding romance, many find a scammer trying to trick them into sending money. Read about the stories romance scammers make up and learn the 1 tip for avoiding a romance scam. People reported losing more money to romance scams in the past two years than to any other fraud reported to the FTC.
Romance scammers create fake profiles on dating sites and apps, or contact their targets through popular social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, or Google Hangouts.
Millions of Australians have online dating profiles, but it is unclear how secure some of their most intimate data is. Lateline contacted about 10 internet dating agencies operating in Australia to ask about security protocols but only three responded. The requests were made after the dating site Ashley Madison, which specialises in facilitating affairs, fell victim to hackers. A group called Impact Team claims to have stolen the private details of the site’s 30 million users, including one million Australians, although so far they have only released the details of two customers and there are reports the attack may have come from the inside.
It is a familiar story. In May another online service called AdultFriendFinder was hacked and more than three million users had their sexual preferences and fantasies made public.