Dating Website Members Targeted With Explicit Spam After Emails Leaked

Exposure, Online privacy

Members of the Guardian newspaper’s Soulmates dating service were victims of a data breach where user IDs and email addresses were exposed online due to “human error.” Soulmates users report being targeted with sexually explicit email referring to information only available on their dating profiles. Once adversaries had access to the email and user ID, they could then obtain information on users’ public profiles, including physical descriptions, relationship categories sought, and photos. The Guardian blamed a third party contractor for the data breach, which has now been reportedly patched up. Some users who were no longer active and no longer paying for the site were surprised to find that they were included in the targeted spam, indicating that Guardian Soulmates did not actually delete their profiles, and so they were still susceptible to data breaches.

Source: BBC

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