Dating sites are loaded with tons of personal information from your bank details to your health details as well. This makes it a hot target for hackers. Users complain of account hacks, OkCupid denies a data breach.
Hackers are not only breaking into the database of leading sites like AdultFriendFinder, Ashley Madison, and Zoosk breaches but are also trying to enter through the frontend of with leaked or guessed passwords.
According to a reader who did not want to be identified said the hacker managed to log in and change his password. He was locked out of his account and not able to log in. The hackers also changed his email address details, which prevented him from changing his password.
He further added OkCupid didn’t send an email to confirm the address change, the change was accepted blindly.
Responding to this OkCupid’s customer service said- “Unfortunately, we’re not able to provide any details about accounts not connected to your email address.”
The user further added the hacker started to harass him with strange text messages from his phone number which was stolen from one of his private messages.
This is not a single incident, there are many other cases also that are being reported of their OkCupid account had been hacked.
In another incident, a user was able to acquire his account back said it was a long battle and after two days of damage control by OkCupid, they reset his password.
Some users found the hackers can also re-enable the disabled accounts if they choose to log in. Users are still not able to understand how their passwords, unique to OkCupid, not used on any other app or site, were inexplicably obtained.
Natalie Sawyer, a spokesperson for OkCupid denied this saying – “There has been no security breach at OkCupid. All websites constantly experience account takeover attempts. There has been no increase in account takeovers on OkCupid.”
OkCupid has mentioned on its support page about account takeovers which often happen as a result of someone having account owners login information.
The support pages mention as follows:
If you use the same password on several different sites or services, then your accounts on all of them have the potential to be taken over if one site has a security breach
OkCupid spokesman was unable to explain the company’s plans to prevent hacks in the future.
OkCupid is not the only site which does not use two-factor authentication, other dating sites like Match, PlentyOfFish, Zoosk, Badoo, JDate, and eHarmony also don’t have it.
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