Hacks, Nudes, and Breaches: It's Been a Rough Month for Dating Apps

WIRED | 2/15/2019 | Lily Hay Newman
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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.

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"Dating sites are designed by default to share a ton of information about you; however, there's a limit to what should be shared," says David Kennedy, CEO of the threat tracking firm Binary Defense Systems. "And often times these dating sites provide little to no security, as we have seen with breaches going back several years from these sites."

OKCupid came under scrutiny this week after TechCrunch reported on Sunday that users have been dealing with a rise 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.

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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. "All websites constantly experience account takeover attempts and there haven't been an increase in account takeovers on OkCupid," a company spokesperson said in a statement. When...
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