Hack passwords a dating site
But a group known as Cyno Sure Prime claims the site changed the way it stores passwords, leading to programming errors that left a third of passwords under protected.The group has now revealed the process used to decode the passwords, as well as some of the popular basic passwords it managed to obtain.Cupid Media is a firm based in Queensland, Australia, that runs a wide variety of niche dating websites including Asian Dating.com, Christian Cupid.com, Single Parent Love.com, Gay Cupid.com, and Thai Love amongst many others.In conversation with Krebs, Cupid Media managing director Andrew Bolton said that the database included details of inactive users, as well as current customers, and was probably related to a security breach that occurred at the company in January 2013.Sometimes a scammer will not try to scam you off money but may instead hack into your online profile and use it to scam other members.If your dating profile is hacked into, the scammer can not only use your identity on the dating site but may also use your details for identity fraud.
That said, given the nature of the sites affected, it has the potential to be compromising to some users if the data starts circulating widely.
That is very surprising if such a large number of users were put at risk. However, they apparently weren't even doing that - storing the passwords in plaintext, meaning they were instantly readable by the human eye as easily as you are reading this password right now.
Of course, it's possible that Cupid Media has mended its ways and now stores its dating customers' passwords in a more secure fashion. But in the meantime, if you are a user of any of these websites, you need to ensure that you are not using the same password on any other website, and always use a password that is hard to guess and tricky to crack.
If you use the same password for any other accounts on other websites, change them immediately.
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