Dating Sites Hacked Again
It is a bad time for online dating. Some big players have been hacked with at least 33 million people in just one site having their details hacked. The problem is not just confined to the big sites or the main players. A recent report now shows that many smaller dating/sex sites have been hit by Russian hackers. So, just how safe is it to go into a dating site and sign up. The answer this week appears to be it is not safe at all and giving truthful information about themselves has led to people being blackmailed and having private information being looked at by others.
There is no doubt whose fault this is. It is NOT the hackers. If you leave the front door open, eventually someone is going to come in and steal the china.
Adult Friend Finder is a big player and was hit in May this year, they have asked customers to detail their interests and, based on those criteria, matches people for sexual encounters. The site, which boasts 64 million members, claims to have “helped millions of people find traditional partners, swinger groups, threesomes, and a variety of other alternative partners.”
From Network World
None of the dating sites are nearly as prominent as Ashley Madison, which saw sensitive company information, emails, internal documents and details of 30 million registered users released in a devastating data breach. Holden said this Russian-speaking group is not related to Impact Team, which claimed credit for the intrusion into Ashley Madison.
The information includes a list of websites and their software vulnerabilities, along with some notes written in Russian, said Holden, a native Russian speaker. All of the websites were breached since July 4 through about a week ago, he said.