Dating website with nude pic
Ok Cupid 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.
"At this time, the issue has been fully resolved."Beyond these types of systemic security issues, criminals have also increasingly been using dating apps and other social media platforms to carry out "romance scams," in which a criminal pretends to form a bond with targets so they can eventually convince the victim to send them money.
A data analysis from the Federal Trade Commission released on Tuesday, found that romance scams were way up in 2015, resulting in 21,000 complaints to the FTC in 2018, up from 8,500 complains in 2015.
"All websites constantly experience account takeover attempts and there haven't been an increase in account takeovers on Ok Cupid," a company spokesperson said in a statement.
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, "Ok Cupid is always exploring ways to increase security in our products.
Within days of each other this week, the dating apps Ok Cupid, 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."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.
But all of the exposures and gaffes mean February has not been the proudest moment for online romance.
And they add to an already long list of reasons that you really need to watch your back on dating services.
Then there's Jack'd, a location-based dating app, which suffered in some ways the most devastating incident of the three, as reported by Ars Technica.
The service, which has more than a million downloads on Google Play and claims five million users overall, had exposed all photos on the site, including those marked as "private," to the open internet.