Dating apps data breach
In May this year, internet privacy researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar discovered a huge data breach in the system of nine dating apps. The information leak exposed at least 845 GB of users’ personal details, including 2.5 million photographs, various receipts for payments, and dating app records. Ascertaining the identity of users, cybercriminals could have easily used this data for blackmail. 3Somes, Cougary, Gay Daddy Bear, Xpal, BBW Dating, Casualx, SugarD, Herpes Dating, and GHunt were among the nine services that exposed personal info of its users. As it turned out later, all these dating apps came from the same source - Cheng Du New Tech Zone. Nevertheless, the security researchers emphasized that this was not a hack but a sloppily stored data.