Sure, signing up for Tinder isn’t quite like applying for a credit card, but it should still be noted that many of these online dating services collect quite a bit of data on its users.
And according to recent research from security provider Seworks and security tech company Up Guard, dating apps are ripe for the picking when it comes to the next big hack. But according to Min-Pyo Hong of Seworks, these services are all extremely vulnerable to attack.
The breach happened on the same server as the recent Adobe hack, which, according to the company, resulted in 38 million user mail addresses, encrypted passwords and password hints being compromised.
The amount of money they spent on the site was also posted.
The site, which is owned by Avid Life Media, is designed to help married people cheat on their spouses. Have an affair.” It said it’s actively monitoring this situation and working with law enforcement in the United States and in Canada, where the site is based.
Many people aren't vigilant about creating a different password for every site they log onto, which is why unencrypted passwords are so problematic.
"Even the most inept web companies usually use a cryptographic hash to represent user passwords," Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser at Sophos, told NBC News in an email.
“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality.
It is an illegal action against the individual members of Ashley Madison.com,” the site said.
Personal data from user profiles on a popular dating website may be vulnerable after a potential cyberattack.
Adult Friend Finder—which has about 63 million users worldwide—has launched an investigation into a "potential data security incident," the company said Friday.
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